federates, after a sharp fight, were routed.
Onward the Nationals went.
On April 8 they destroyed a bridge over the Cahawba at Centreville.
Not far from Plantersville Wilson encountered Forrest, partially intrenched.
He was straining every nerve to defend Selma, as it was one of the most important places in the Confederacy, bedriven by his pursuers 24 miles, when the chase ended.
19 miles from Selma.
The latter place had been strongly fortified.
The race was hot, and Forrest won it, Wilson closely pursuing.
The latter came in sight of the city 0 late in the afternoon and immediately assaulted its defences, carrying them without much difficulty.
it at all hazards.
He did his best, but in the evening he and one-half his followers fled eastward, leaving in flames 25,000 bales of cotton stored in the city.
Wilson destroyed the great foundries and other public property, and left Selma (April 10) a ghastly ruin.
From Selma Wilson pushed to Montgomery, then under the militar