o weeks. The direction pursued was about the same as before — southeast.
The distance marched was about thirty miles, and in the evening the command bivouacked on Sand Mountain, the dividing ridge which separates the waters flowing into the Tennessee river from those flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The country was generally poor, and afforded but a scanty supply of forage for the horses.
July 12th.--Descending Sand Mountain in the morning, the expedition forded Black Warrior river, a tribof horses found in unfit condition for the trip.
All men who from sickness or other causes were not likely to endure the hardships of the march were also called out and sent with the disabled horses to make their way to Guntersville, on the Tennessee river, about forty miles distant. An ambulance was also sent to convey Captain Wilcox and others disabled.
They subsequently arrived safely within our lines.
July 14th.--At daylight the column was in motion, preparing to cross the river.