who had just been transferred from General Bragg
's to General Pemberton
's command, met it with his brigade, on the 18th, near Bear Creek
, on the Alabama
side, and, in skirmishes, which continued most of the day, captured above a hundred prisoners, and a field-piece and caisson, with their horses.
The enemy waited until the next day for reenforcements, which increased their force to three full brigades, under General Dodge
, and resumed their movement towards Tuscumbia
, opposed at every step by Roddy
, who skirmished so effectively with the head of the column as to make the rate of marching not more than five miles a day; until the 25th, when Tuscumbia
In the mean time a body of Federal troops landed at Eastport
, on the south bank of the Tennessee
, and burned the little town and several plantation-houses in the neighborhood.
's division moved on slowly, pressing back Roddy
to Town Creek
, where, on the 28th, Forrest
, with his brigade, joined Roddy
Near that place the Federal
forces divided; the cavalry, under Colonel Streight
, turning off to the south, towards Moulton
, and the main body, under General Dodge
, halting, and then marching back.
to observe Dodge
's party with three regiments, and captured it within twenty miles of Rome
, after a chase of five days, and repeated fights, in which he killed and wounded three hundred of the enemy.
Fourteen hundred and sixty or seventy officers and privates surrendered to him, a number much exceeding that of the victors.
In writing to the President
on the 10th of the