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eport of General W. W. Duffield. headquarters Twenty-Third brigade, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Tuesday, May 6, 1862. Captain: Agreeably to verbal instructions receof the Third Minnesota infantry, to place a strong guard at the bridges near Murfreesboro, and Colonel Barnes, of the Eighth Kentucky infantry, to adopt a similar precking for the night on the Fayetteville road, near Shelbyville, proceeded to Murfreesboro at daybreak on the fourth instant, by railway, with the Ninth Michigan infanss-roads, and throwing out scouting parties in both directions. On reaching Murfreesboro, in the afternoon, I learned that the enemy, at noon, had crossed the railwaoth these forces were despatched for Lebanon, where, within eight miles from Murfreesboro, I met this force returning, under the impression that I had been cut off atts. I directed this force to turn back and unite with the one recently from Murfreesboro, and pushed on all night for Lebanon; halted at one o'clock on the morning o
Doc. 88.-surrender at Murfreesboro, Ky. Colonel Duffield's official report. Murfreesboro,Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 23, 1862. Colonel: Although I had not yet formally assumed command of the Twenty-thh Michigan volunteers. The force then at Murfreesboro was as follows: Five companies Ninth Michig total effective strength of the command at Murfreesboro on the morning of the thirteenth inst., did. On the thirteenth instant the force at Murfreesboro, under command of Brigadier-General T. T. Cad their labors proved that they had filled Murfreesboro jail with rebel prisoners. Many of these p on the Woodbury pike, about six miles from Murfreesboro. This important information was received l the soldiers were paroled and sent back to Murfreesboro. They arrived in Nashville a few days ago, the command all safely within two miles of Murfreesboro. Being halted here for a few minutes the aor home, happiness and liberty, then should Murfreesboro be inscribed in golden letters upon their b
eral Forrest and his active brigade of cavalry. For some days, Gen. Forrest (brigadiered for his successful raid on Murfreesboro) has been hovering around Lebanon, Nashville, and Murfreesboro, awaiting the napping of another squad of Union generalMurfreesboro, awaiting the napping of another squad of Union generals, colonels, etc. His brigade consisted of Col. Lawton's, formerly Terry's Texan Rangers, whom Willich fought at Munfordsville; Colonel Smith's----Tennessee, Col. Horton's Second, and the First regiment of Georgia; an Alabama regiment, and a Kentuckycovered that Forrest was crossing the railroad about two miles from here, and rapidly marching for the McMinnville and Murfreesboro road, which they would gain at a point called Little Pond, six miles from the railroad, eight miles from Wood's camp, he route lay through the woods, over the fields, twice across Big Hickory Creek, from knee to waist-deep, and into the Murfreesboro road two miles this side the Little Pond. The boys felt it was a race with cavalry, and for glory, and heeded not the
ad. At the same time one thousand eight hundred infantry, under Col. Miller, marched by a circuitous route to the south of La Vergne. The enemy's pickets and vedettes were in considerable force on the roads, and skirmished with our advance ten miles, enabling the main force, consisting of one regiment, the Thirty-second Alabama infantry, with one steel rifled cannon, and three thousand cavalry, to assume a position, forming their lines in anticipation of our entire force advancing on the Murfreesboro road, which was part of our object. The enemy commenced the action by opening fire with three pieces of artillery at a distance of three hundred yards. This was soon silenced by a shell from one of our guns exploding their ammunition chest, at the moment the enemy were directing their movements against the right flank of Gen. Palmer's force. Col. Willis's infantry arrived, advancing in splendid line of battle, delivering a well-directed fire into the enemy's ranks, which was followed by