und the rear of Bragg's army.
For this purpose seventeen hundred men were placed under Colonel A. D. Streight, with directions to embark on transports on the Tennessee River at Fort Henry and proceed to Eastport, Mississippi. Colonel Streight reached Eastport and set out thence April 21st.
He reached Tuscumbia, Alabama, April 24tTennessee.
At the same time Forrest was operating with his usual energy and activity.
On the 30th of October he suddenly appeared with a strong force on the Tennessee River, near Johnsonville, where he captured a gun-boat, the Undine, and two transports — an exploit which excited very general admiration.
He then joined Hood near Decatur.
At this time General John T. Croxton, with a brigade of Union cavalry, was watching along the north bank of the Tennessee, and on the 7th of November was joined by General Edward Hatch with a division.
This body, numbering about three thousand men, kept a sharp lookout for indications of Hood's advance.
On the 20th it