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repulsed. It was renewed the next day with great vigor, when, at about 3.30 P. M., a portion of our line, to the left of the centre, suddenly gave way, General Hood's telegram of December 17th. See Appendix. creating no small confusion among the Confederates, and resulting in the loss of fifty pieces In his book (Advance and Retreat, p. 303) General Hood says fiftyfour pieces. of artillery, with other materials of war, and a hasty retreat—by many termed a rout—to the south side of Duck River. It was there that S. D. Lee's gallant corps protected the retreating Confederate columns until Franklin was reached, There it was that General S. D. Lee was severely wounded in the foot, and compelled to leave the field. when Forrest so opportunely joined the army, and thence, with skill, determination, and endurance, formed its rearguard to the Tennessee River. Speaking of this battle, General Hood in his book says: Advance and Retreat, p. 302 At an early hour (16th) the enemy m
wn, taking position on the opposite side of the river about a mile and a half from the town, which was considered quite strong in front. Therefore, late in the evening of the 28th of November, General Forrest, with most of his command, crossed Duck River a few miles above Columbia, and I followed early in the morning of the 29th with Stewart's and Cheatham's corps, and Johnson's division of Lee's corps, leaving the other divisions of Lee's corps in the enemy's front at Columbia. The troops movs in prisoners is not yet fully ascertained, but is comparatively small. Major-General Ed. Johnson and Brigadier-Generals T. B. Smith and H. R. Jackson are among them. I still have artillery enough with the army, and am moving to the south of Duck River. J. B. Hood, Genl. Telegram. Charleston, S. C., Dec. 23d, 1864:10 A. M. Inform General Hood that no reinforcements can possibly be sent him from any quarter. General Taylor has no troops to spare, and every available man in Geo