four cotton factories, a navy yard, arms and ammunition factories, three paper-mills, over one hundred thousand rounds of artillery ammunition, besides immense stores of which no account was taken.
This great and decisive blow to the material resources of the Confederacy
, was followed by the surrender of the cities of Macon
, and other successes, until, on April 21st, Wilson
's victorious progress was ordered suspended by General Sherman
, pending the result of peace negotiations between the Federal
and Confederate Governments.
This great movement was made in a hostile country which had been stripped of supplies except at railroad centers, and in which no aid or assistance could be expected from the inhabitants of the country.
As an evidence of some of the hardships attending the operations of separate columns composing Wilson
's corps, General Croxton
states in an official report that from Elyton
(March 30th) through Trion
and Tuscaloosa, Alabama
, to Carrollton
(April 25th), his command marched six hundred and fifty-three miles through a mountainous country so destitute of supplies that the troops could only be subsisted and foraged with the greatest effort.
The brigade swam four rivers and destroyed five large iron works (the last remaining in the cotton States), three factories, numerous mills, and quantities of supplies.
The losses of the brigade during this important movement, were but four officers and one hundred and sixty-eight men, half of whom were made prisoners by the Confederates
while straggling from the command.