March twenty-eighth. Marched at ten o'clock A. M.--General Alexander's brigade camping at Elyton; General Winslow at Hawkins' plantation, two miles west — distance twenty miles. The road was exceedingly rough, but at the end of the day's march we debouched into a beautiful valley, rich in provision and forage. Patterson's regiment, from Northern Alabama, passed through Elyton just before the arrival of the division. Its rear was driven out by General Alexander's advance. By direction of the Brevet Major-General commanding the corps, the train remained at Elyton till the arrival of the corps train. The division moved at 10:30 A. M., on the twenty-ninth, with a view to secure a crossing over the Cahawba river that night; but the ford having been obstructed by Patterson's regiment, and a heavy rain setting in, which soon raised the river, prevented more than one regiment getting across — distance fifteen miles. The McIlvain and Red Mountain Iron Works were destroyed near Elyton. March thirtieth. General Winslow converted the railroad bridge over the Cahawba into a foot bridge, and at half-past 9 A. M. the crossing commenced. The division camped at Montevallo, distance seventeen miles. Road was bad; forage and provisions found in abundance around Montevallo. A colliery and the Central Iron Works were destroyed near the Cahawba, while detachments sent out from Montevallo destroyed the Columbiana and Bibb Iron Works. There being strong indications of the presence of the enemy in large force, the division awaited the arrival of the corps. March thirty-first. The Brevet Major-General commanding the corps having arrived, I was directed to move out at half-past 1 P. M. About two miles south of the town the advance of Roddy's division was encountered. It was immediately charged by General Alexander and driven back in great confusion upon their main position behind a difficult creek, losing several prisoners, and abandoning arms and accoutrements at every step. Dispositions were at once made to turn the enemy's right while Rodney's battery I, Fourth artillery, was placed in position and opened fire. After some skirmishing, without awaiting a trial at arms, the enemy withdrew. General Winslow now took up the pursuit, and by a series of brilliant and impetuous charges drove the enemy till late in the night, capturing many prisoners, arms, and accoutrements. The division, elated with having ridden down the enemy in every conflict during the day, camped three miles north of Randolph, having made fourteen miles. April first. The pursuit was resumed as far as Randolph, where pursuant to your instructions the division took the road to the left, leading to Old Maplesville, leaving the main Selma road, along which the enemy retired for General Long's division. To cover the movement the advance guard was directed to pursue the enemy a mile and a half, and then remain until relieved by General Long's division. Proceeding about four miles to the left of Randolph my command took a road to the right, leading through Maplesville station, and intersecting the main Selma road at Ebenezer Church. Anticipating an opportunity to flank the enemy at this point the march of the division was hastened, and at four P. M. he was found in position, his force, commanded by General Forrest in person, consisting of infantry, artillery, and cavalry, his right resting on Mulberry creek, and his left on a high wooded ridge near Bogler's creek. General Alexander threw his brigade into action, dismounted with great celerity, and after a stubborn fight of an hour's duration routed the enemy and captured his guns. General Winslow took up the pursuit with his brigade, mounted, captured three hundred prisoners, and drove the enemy through Plantersville, nineteen miles from Selma, where the division camped for the night, having made twenty miles. April second. The division marched at ten A. M. for Selma, following the Second division, arriving in front of the fortifications on the Plantersville road at four o'clock P. M. It was being placed in position, preparatory to a night attack on the enemy's right, when General Long's division carried the works in its front. The division was immediately ordered forward, the skirmish line driving the enemy from the works in its front and capturing five guns. General Winslow brought forward the Fourth Iowa at a gallop, and charging into the city in various directions, captured several pieces of artillery and several hundred prisoners. The Seventh Ohio calvary was sent out the Burnsville road and captured four guns, one hundred and twenty-five prisoners, and many small arms. April 3d. The division moved out from Selma with instructions to pursue the remnants of Forrest's command across the Cahawba, and to meet and escort the general train to the city. It returned on the sixth, having made a circuit of ninety miles. April eighth. At nine P. M. the division commenced crossing the Alabama river on a pontoon bridge. The passage was soon interrupted by the descent of drift wood, which carried away the bridge. The breach was repaired at about two P. M. on the ninth, and the crossing resumed, but was again interrupted by descending driftwood. The breach was repaired by six P. M., and at nine P. M. the division was across, and encamped on the south bank. General Alexander narrowly escaped with his life while endeavoring to pass a heavy log safely under the bridge. April tenth. Marched for Montgomery, camped at Church Hill, distance twenty-four miles. Plenty of forage. April eleventh. Marched at 5:30 A. M. Crossed Big Swamp on Big Swamp creek, and camped at
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