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d in getting into the narrow gorge formed by the Lookout Range abutting against the Coosa River, in the neighbor-hood of Gadsden. He evidently wanted to avoid a fight. On the nineteenth, all the armies were grouped about Gaylesville, in the richodified somewhat by the change of events. On the twenty-sixth of October, satisfied that Hood had moved westward from Gadsden across Sand Mountain, I detached the Fourth corps, Major-General Stanley, and ordered him to proceed to Chattanooga and cope with Hood, should the latter cross the Tennessee northward. By the first of November, Hood's army had moved from Gadsden, and made its appearance in the neighborhood of Decatur, where a feint was made; he then passed on to Tuscumbia, and laie, directed, with the force at Rome, to act against any attempt of the enemy to move on Bridgeport from the direction of Gadsden. General Sherman further directed, by verbal instructions, that this force act as an observing one ready to strike in a
ven miles on Little River, and went into camp, where we remained till the twenty-fourth, when the division, with the First of this corps, went in the direction of Gadsden on a reconnoissance. On the twenty-fifth, this division having been left in reserve at Blount's Farm, was ordered forward to form on the right of the First divis and moving forward without any halt, or use of any artillery, Wheeler's entire force was driven from a strong line of rail-works, and to a point near the town of Gadsden. There were four men wounded in this affair. The division returned to its former camp on Little River, where it remained till the twenty-ninth, when it crossected that, on reaching Rome, I should unite the division, and be prepared to act against any force that might attempt to threaten Bridgeport from the direction of Gadsden. Verbal instructions from General Sherman, received while passing through Atlanta, indicated in addition, that the division was placed at Rome in observation,