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ust be found, and either captured or driven across the Tennessee river. General Thomas' orders on this subject are emphatic, age for my command. I reached the north bank of the Tennessee river, opposite Decatur, at one P. M. of December twenty-eigBainbridge, where Hood's army had but just crossed the Tennessee river, and also to enable me to get in the rear of Roddy's fifty or seventy-five conscripts from both sides of the Tennessee river, that Russel was hustling off to Tuscaloosa, were releona. I do not think General Hood brought across the Tennessee river, at Bainbridge, more than twelve thousand infantry andt of Decatur, Alabama, and moved within a mile of the Tennessee river, near the mouth of Flint river. Was placed in commandof the ninth, and found that Lyon had gone towards the Tennessee river. In conjunction with Colonel Malloy's brigade, startereturn to Larkinsville, as Lyon had escaped across the Tennessee river. Arrived at Larkinsville on the evening of the twel
munication had with Brigadier-General Wood and Major-General Steedman. Here an order from General Wood reached me by telegraph, based upon instructions from the Department Commander, to stop the return of Major-General Steedman's troops. The telegraphic message directed me to disembark the forces that are on the cars immediately, scour the country thoroughly, and find out, if possible, where Lyon is, and get in pursuit of him. He must be found, and either captured or driven across the Tennessee river. General Thomas' orders on this subject are emphatic, and he says: you must not go on your way until this work is finished. Here intelligence was received, that all the troops on trains following me--Colonels Thompson's, Morgan's, and Salm's brigades — had been stopped and unloaded at Brownsboro, by orders from Brigadier-General Wood ; that a portion of these were ordered to New Market by his direction, and that the arrangements for shipping Colonel Malloy's troops had not been carri
ons, out of which we got all the brigade and other official papers. We had but a few hours previously captured, with its guard of three men, a small mail bound for Tuscaloosa. About fifty or seventy-five conscripts from both sides of the Tennessee river, that Russel was hustling off to Tuscaloosa, were released by our attack; also eight Indiana soldiers, captured by Russel near Decatur. We then continued our march unmolested, by way of Mount Hope, towards Leighton; but learning, when witrain was captured. He had been sent there as soon as he crossed at Bainbridge on Tuesday evening, to repel our cavalry from Memphis, who had destroyed the railroad for twenty miles near and above Okalona. I do not think General Hood brought across the Tennessee river, at Bainbridge, more than twelve thousand infantry and thirty-five pieces of artillery. I am, very respectfully Your obedient servant, Wm. J. Palmer, Colonel, commanding. S. B. Moe, Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 36. General Rousseau's expedition. (search)
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. At t
ssippi, we held substantially with the line of the Tennessee and Holston rivers, running eastward, to include n and Charleston roads to supply his base on the Tennessee river, about Florence or Decatur? If he does this, h be met and prevented from getting north of the Tennessee river. If you were to cut loose, I do not believe yo sea-coast can be made, holding the line of the Tennessee river firmly, you may make it, destroying all the rai effecting a lodgement on the north side of the Tennessee river, near Florence. On the twenty-eighth Forrest risappeared and crossed to the north side of the Tennessee river, above Johnsonville, moving toward Clifton, ands it was ascertained that Hood was crossing the Tennessee river, and that Price was going out of Missouri, Geneclosely pursued by cavalry and infantry, to the Tennessee river, being forced to abandon many pieces of artilleas stopped the pursuit by his main force at the Tennessee river. A small force of cavalry, under Colonel W. J.
nemy's cavalry, under Forrest,crossed the Tennessee river near Waterloo, Alabama, and appeared in fn commanding, crossed to the north of the Tennessee river, to check Forrest's movements and protect good his escape to the south side of the Tennessee river being now evident, directions were given Athens, and not too far removed from the Tennessee river to protect its crossings from Decatur down in Tennessee and defend the line of the Tennessee river, gave a detailed account of his plans fors at Eastport and along the west bank of the Tennessee. On the twenty-ninth General Granger report cavalry at Clifton, on the east bank of the Tennessee, to move to the support of Croxton at Florenhe could spare around to Florence, on the Tennessee river, and endeavor to prevent Hood's army fromtwenty-ninth of December; on reaching the Tennessee river, however, a force of cavalry numbering sitered, our troops pursuing him toward the Tennessee river, which, however, he, with about two hundr[5 more...]
nt of North Carolina, Army of the Ohio, Goldsboro, N. C., April 3, 1865. General: I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of the troops under my command since January 1, 1865, the date of my last report, addressed to Major-General George H. Thomas, commanding Department of the Cumberland, under whose command I was then serving. On the second of January, 1865, I marched with the Twenty-third Army Corps from Columbia, Tennessee, and arrived at Clifton, on the Tennessee river, on the eighth, under orders to embark my troops at that point, and, move to Eastport, Mississippi. But before the embarkation had commenced, I received, January fourteenth, an order from the Lieutenant-General commanding, through the Chief of Staff of the Army, to move with the Twenty-third Army Corps to Annapolis, Maryland. Accordingly the movement was commenced on the following day. The troops moved with their artillery and horses, but without wagons, by steam transports to Cincinn
d to fix it where he can hold it. And if but a half--nay, one fourth--of the men to whom the service has a right will give him their strength, I see no chance for Sherman to escape from a defeat or a disgraceful retreat. I therefore hope, in view of all the contingencies of war, with all the confidence which I found in the army, that within thirty days that army, which has so boastfully taken up its winter quarters in the heart of the Confederacy, will be in search of a crossing on the Tennessee river. That our army retreated far was but a natural precursor of that despondency which spreads itself over the country; but as I approached the region occupied by our troops the hope increased, until at last I found in the army the acme of confidence itself. General Beauregard, so well known to you all, is going there with a general command which will enable him to concentrate all the troops that can be made available for the public defence. I, therefore, say be of good cheer, for I ho
made by me, January 20, as follows : See page 359, ante. General A. J. Smith's corps, at that period, was with me at Eastport, Mississippi; four divisions of General Wilson's cavalry were encamped on the opposite or north bank of the Tennessee river, at Waterloo and Gravelly Springs, Alabama, and the Fourth corps, Major-General Stanley commanding, was stationed at Huntsville, Alabama. This, with the ordinary garrisons of the country, composed my command. The General-in-chief of the cation was being restored, to the accomplishment of which the people of the country zealously gave their assistance. May sixteenth General Grant, through his Chief of Staff, General Rawlins, directed me to order to some point north of the Tennessee river all of Wilson's cavalry except four thousand veterans, who are to remain at Macon, Augusta, and Atlanta, Georgia; those returning to be concentrated at some convenient point in Tennessee or Kentucky, preparatory to being mustered out or othe
ter the escape of Hood to the south side of the Tennessee river, to assemble the available force of the corps iort, at the head of steamboat navigation on the Tennessee river, for the purpose of completing the organizationoops were all cantoned on the north bank of the Tennessee river — Long's, Upton's, and Hatch's divisions, and Hof March, but heavy rain storms setting in, the Tennessee river became very much swollen and the roads impassaberewith, it will be seen that since leaving the Tennessee river, the troops under my command have marched an avmembered that my corps began the march from the Tennessee river with something more than twelve thousand mounte of my command since leaving Chickasaw landing, Tennessee river, March twenty-first instant: The distance mas, and everything of value between here and the Tennessee river, and in consideration of General Grant's late vsoners captured by my command since leaving the Tennessee river, nearly six thousand in all, including those ta