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[558] the officer replied that the consequences were upon him, (Colonel Streight.) Colonel Streight asked time to consider, after which he surrendered, exacting the following conditions:

That the officers and men should retain their private property, including side-arms; that each regiment should be allowed to keep its flag; and that he (Colonel Streight) be permitted to go around the enemy's lines to see the batteries said to be placed in position around us.

The first and second conditions were never complied with, because we were then in their power, but the third condition was complied with, and Colonel Streight satisfied himself that he could not take their batteries without great loss, and found that they were in position as had been stated by General Forrest. There was another reason not less potent. Our ammunition was discovered to be in a damaged condition, so much so that the whole of it was comparatively valueless. It had got wet in crossing the creek.

Colonel Streight drew up his men and stated to them the reasons which led him to surrender, and at the close the men gave three tremendous cheers for Colonel Streight, which clearly showed their confidence in him as a leader.

The officers and men were taken to Rome, Georgia, where they went through the farce of paroling.

On our journey to Richmond, and while there, we were treated very much as our numerous predecessors.

On Saturday, the twenty-fourth, the surgeons and chaplains of this brigade, with the officers of Hooker's army, were sent into our lines via Fortress Monroe. Colonel Streight and the officers of his command are still held, and it is said they intend to hold them as long as possible.

The loss of the brigade in this engagement was twelve killed and sixty-nine wounded.

Most of the officers were in good health, and hopeful that the Government would not let them remain there long.

Captain Brown and other officers of the Indianola are in Washington. More anon.

George J. Frenyear, Fifty-first Indiana Volunteers. Columbus, Ohio, May 8.

Bragg's official report.

Tullahoma, Tennessee, May 5.
To General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General:
On the nineteenth of April the enemy moved from Corinth toward Tuscumbia, crossed Bear Creek with five regiments of cavalry, two of infantry, and ten pieces of artillery. Colonel Roddy, commanding, fought them on the eighteenth with one regiment, killing a large number and capturing more than one hundred prisoners and one piece of artillery with horses and caissons, losing six killed and twenty wounded.

The enemy, after burying their dead, fell back, and on the nineteenth they were reenforced to three full brigades, the whole under command of General Dodge. Skirmishing continued on the nineteenth, twentieth, twenty-first, twenty-second, and twenty-third. On the night of the nineteenth the enemy landed troops at Eastport from a large number of steamers,and burned the town and houses on several plantations. On the twenty-fourth Roddy fought them. Their loss was heavy, ours slight. He contested every inch of ground, but falling back before overwhelming forces, the enemy advanced and entered Tuscumbia on the twenty-fifth. The enemy advanced toward Decatur as far as Town Creek.

Nothing more occurred until the twenty-eighth. On that day Forrest with his brigade, having been ordered by me from Columbia, arrived and engaged all day, with the loss of one killed and three wounded. The loss of the enemy heavy. Forrest falling back.

On the twenty-eighth, Forrest discovered a heavy force of cavalry, under Colonel Streight, marching on Moulton and Blountsville. General Forrest pursued this force with two regiments, fighting him all day and night at Driver's Gap, at Sand Mountain, with the loss of five killed and fifty wounded--Captains Forrest and Thompson, it is feared, mortally. The enemy left on the field fifty killed, one hundred and fifty wounded, burned fifty of his wagons, turned loose two hundred and fifty mules and one hundred and fifty negroes, and pursued his way toward Blountsville, Gadsden, and Rome, Georgia.

On the third of May, between Gadsden and Rome, after five days and nights of fighting and marching, Gen. Forrest captured Col. Streight and his whole command, about one thousand six hundred, with rifles, horses, etc.

Rome sentinel account.

Rome, Ga., May 7.
General Forrest received news that large forces of Yankee cavalry were in North-Alabama and marched immediately to meet them. He reached Courtland, Alabama, on Monday morning, twenty-seventh ult. General Dodge (Yankee) was then in the neighborhood of that place with a force of ten thousand men. Skirmishing began that evening, and on Tuesday morning General Forrest, with not more than one thousand five hundred men, engaged the enemy ten thousand strong for several hours. The engagement took place at Town Creek, between Courtland and Florence, and across the creek, as it was so much swollen by recent rains that it was impossible for either party to cross. The contest closed at this place without the accomplishment of a great deal on either side. From this place a Yankee brigade of two thousand men were sent in the direction of Rome, commanded by Colonel Streight, of Indiana. General Forrest left a regiment at Courtland, and with a small force went in pursuit of Streight, marching from forty to fifty miles a day and fighting more or less every day, and had one fight at two o'clock at night.

A hard fight took place on Sand Mountain on Thursday, when Captain Forrest, a brother of the General, was wounded, and it is feared mortally. On Friday they fought at Blountsville,

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