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[345] property from him. High water compelled him to cross Holston and French Broad above Knoxville, fighting each time for the right of way and defeating a column of cavalry from Knoxville. General Williams was here detached for a side expedition, and Wheeler kept on with a depleted force. He went on nearly to Nashville and thence south to Alabama, repulsing the attacks of Major-Generals Rousseau, Steedman, and Brigadier-generals Croxton and Granger, near Nashville and at Franklin, Lynnville, Campbellville and other points; capturing McMinnville and other depots, burning stores of supplies, destroying bridges and burning trains, and so thoroughly tearing up the Nashville & Decatur railroad that it was never completely repaired by the enemy. His entire loss in the expedition was 150 killed, wounded and missing, while he brought out more than 2,000 recruits and 800 absentees. In the battle of Franklin, September 2d, the gallant General Kelly was killed and Colonel Hobson was badly wounded.

Sherman, relieved by Wheeler's absence, suspended his contemplated infantry movement in order to send General Kilpatrick with 5,000 cavalry to move from Sandtown and break the West Point and Macon roads. Kilpatrick succeeded on the first road, and brushing Ross away after skirmishing at Camp creek, Red Oak, Flint river and Jonesboro, held the Macon road for five hours and did it some damage, but was soon driven away, a detachment of infantry being sent down by rail to co-operate with Jackson's cavalry, and was repulsed again at Lovejoy's Station, July 20th. Kilpatrick then continued around Atlanta to the east. Sherman was not satisfied with this, and renewed his order for a general movement, to begin on the 26th. The sick and surplus wagons and incumbrances were sent back to the Chattahoochee. Stanley's corps abandoned the works on the east and marched around south of Proctor's creek. The Twentieth corps, General Slocum, fell back to the Chattahoochee.

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