while Brig.-Gen. E. N. Kirk that day drove Wheeler out of Lavergne — Wheeler himself being wounded.
Phil. Sheridan, on another road, pressed the enemy back to Nolensville, without loss on our part; and Col. Roberts, 42d Illinois, surprised and captured Capt. Portch and a small squad of Morgan's men; bringing in their arms and horily wooded with forests of oak and dense thickets of cedar, rendering the movement slow and by no means bloodless.
McCook, with our right, rested that night at Nolensville, and the next at Triune; Crittenden, with our left, advanced the first day to Lavergne, and the next to Stewart's creek, where Rosecrans seems to have expected my ; capturing Lavergne,
Dec. 30. taking 700 prisoners, and destroying heavy army trains, with a large amount of stores.
Thence hastening to Rock Spring and Nolensville, they made still further captures at each ; and, having passed around
Dec. 31. our army, reached the left flank of Bragg's, just as it commenced its great an
llicoffer (formerly Union Station), East Tennessee, where 150 of the 62d North Carolina, Maj. McDowell, were surprised and captured without a shot, and the railroad bridge, 720 feet long, over the Holston, destroyed, with 700 small arms and much other material of war. Pushing on ten miles, to Clinch's Station, Carter had a little fight, captured 75 prisoners, and destroyed the railroad bridge, 400 feet long, over the Watauga, with a locomotive and several cars; returning thence by Jonesville, Lee county, Va., recrossing the Cumberland range at Hauk's Gap; and, after two or three smart skirmishes, returning in triumph to his old quarters; having lost but 20 men, mainly prisoners — and killed or captured over 500.
Having been ridden all but incessantly 690 miles, with very little to eat, many of his horses gave out and were left to die on the return.
Gen. Wheeler, in chief command of Bragg's cavalry, 4,500 strong, with Forrest and Wharton as Brigadiers, passing Rosecrans's army by