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few prisoners. The Federals thus gain an advance on him, which they soon lose by taking a rest from midnight until daylight on the 2d of May, Forrest having resumed his march at the very moment that his adversaries had come to a halt. It is in vain that they burn all the bridges behind them in order to retard his movements; in the course of the morning the Confederates overtake their rear-guard at Will's Creek at the very hour when their head of column has at last reached the banks of the Coosa at Gadsden. Forrest's soldiers, however, seem to have exhausted their entire strength: the dread of falling into the hands of the enemy does not stimulate them like their adversaries, and the number of stragglers is increasing every hour. A stop must be made. Forrest, in order to continue his pursuit, selects six hundred mounted men among the most active of his followers, takes two pieces of artillery, and orders the rest of his force to follow him the best way they can, while the disa