Union force of 4,500 men, under Gen. Gordon Granger
, Van Dorn
, with a superior force, assailed,1
with intent to capture it; but was easily beaten off, with a loss of 200 or 300, including 80 prisoners; our loss being 37 only.
A few days later, Maj.-Gen. J. J. Reynolds
with his division and two brigades of cavalry, to McMinnville
; whence he drove out Morgan
, talking 130 prisoners, destroying a large amount of Rebel store;, and returning3
, 6th Kentucky, with 500 cavalry, surprised4
a Rebel camp on the Carter
's creek pike, 8 miles from Franklin
; capturing 140 men, 250 horses and mules, and destroying a large amount of camp equipage.
Col. A. D. Streight
, 51st Indiana, at the head of 1,800 cavalry, was next dispatched5
to the rear of Bragg
's army, with instructions to cut the railroads in northwestern Georgia
, and-destroy generally all depots of supplies and manufactories of arms, clothing, &c. Having been taken up the Tennessee
on steamboats from Fort Henry
to Eastport, Ala.
, where lie was joined by an infantry force under Gen. Dodge
, they attacked and captured Tuscumbia
, inflicting considerable loss on the Rebels
; and, while Gen. Dodge
made a sweeping raid through North Alabama
, returning ultimately to his headquarters at Corinth
, Col. Streight
struck for Northern Georgia
, expecting to swoop down successively on Rome
, destroying there large manufactories, machline-shops, and magazineo.
He was hardly well on his road, however, before Forrest
, with a superior force of Rebel cavalry, were after him ; following sharply, and easily gaining upon him, through a running fight of over 100 mile; when, his ammunition being exhausted and his men nearly worn out, Streight
surrendered, when 15 miles from Rome
His men were treated as other captives and exchanged; while Streight
and his officers were retained for a time in close prison, on a demand of Gov. Brown
, of Georgia
, that they be treated as felons, under a law of that State, which makes the inciting of slaves to rebellion a high crime.
The specific charge was that negroes were found among their men in uniform and bearing arms; which was strenuously denied: the few negroes with them being claimed as servants of officers; and the only one who was armed insisting that he was carrying his employer's sword, as an act of duty.
After a long confinement, Streight
, will 107 other of our officers, escaped6
from Libby Prison, Richmond
: 60 of them, including Streight
, making their way to our lines.
He estimates his loss in killed and wounded during this raid at 100, including Col. Hathaway
, killed; and puts the Rebel
loss at five times that number.
He surrendered, in all, 1,365 men.