turn overmatched and hurled back in disorder; losing four of their guns, the flag of the 26th Tennessee, and a considerable body of prisoners.
Had not darkness fallen directly, while a heavy rain had set in, Rosecrans
would have pursued the fugitives right into Murfreesboroa.1
As it was, Crittenden
's corps and Davis
's division both passed over, reoccupied the commanding ground, and, before morning, were solidly intrenched there, ready for whatever emergency.
Another night of anxious watchfulness gave place to a morning2
of pouring rain, by which the ground was so sodden as to impede the movement of artillery.
We were short of ammunition till 10 A. M., when an anxiously expected train was welcomed.
Batteries were now constructed on the ground so handsomely gained on our left, by which even Murfreesboroa could be shelled; and Gens. Thomas
, who had for days been annoyed by Rebel sharp-shooters from the cedar thickets in their front, obtained permission from Rosecrans
to dislodge them by a charge, following a sharp fire of artillery-four regiments entering and soon clearing the woods, capturing 70 or 80 prisoners. No counter-movement being attempted, the fourth day closed peacefully, and was followed by a quiet night.
Quiet on our side only.
had concluded to leave, and commenced the movement, as stealthily as possible, at 11 P. M.; gathering up his men and guns s so cautiously that even our pickets were not aware of his Hegira till broad daylight,3
when too late for effective pursuit; which, in fact, our inferiority in cavalry must at any rate have rendered comparatively fruitless.
We do not seem even to have advanced on his track till Monday.4
's cavalry, after vigorously resisting our advance to Stone river
, had been dispatched5
to the rear of our army ; capturing Lavergne
taking 700 prisoners, and destroying heavy army trains, with a large amount of stores.
Thence hastening to Rock Spring
, they made still further captures at each ; and, having passed around7
our army, reached the left flank of Bragg
's, just as it commenced its great and successful charge on McCook
; guarding that flank, and coming into action as it gained the Nashville turnpike
, just north of Overall
Wheeler of course claims the advantage in this fight; but admits that lie fell back at the close, numbering Col. Allen
and Lt.-Col. Webb
among his wounded.
Next morning, lie went up the turnpike to Lavergne
; capturing another train and a gun ; regaining, by order, tho front during the night; and, being again sent, at 9 P. M., to our rear;