the capture of Col. A. D. Streight
by Gen. Nathan B. Forrest
Bragg at this time occupied with the army of Tennessee the Tullahoma
line and Rosecrans
was at Murfreesboro
, both armies being quiet for the time, though their cavalry kept busy.
On the night of April 26th, Colonel Streight
set out from Tuscumbia, Ala.
, with 1,500 men, mostly mounted, with orders to cut the railroad in Georgia
He was promptly followed by a cavalry command under General Forrest
A battle was fought at Driver
's gap, Sand mountain
, in which Capt. W. H. Forrest
, a brother of the general, was severely wounded—it was feared mortally, but he recovered and was in the field again in 1864.
, driven from this position, pushed on toward the Georgia
line; but on the next day he was overtaken at Black creek
, where after heavy skirmishing he crossed and burned the bridge, thus placing a deep and rapid stream between himself and pursuit.
It was here that a young Alabama
girl, Emma Sanson
, mounting behind Forrest
, at imminent peril of her own life, guided him to a ford, by which he crossed and pressed on in pursuit.
there was a desperate fight between Forrest
's men and Streight
's command, in which the Federals
were worsted, but they sent forward an advance guard to secure the bridge near Rome
, and pushed on in the hope of placing the river between them and their pursuers.
At the Chattooga
they were delayed by the capture of the ferryboat, and after crossing it was found that Forrest
was ahead of them in the race for Rome
and the advance guard had failed to get possession of the bridge.
On the morning of May 3d, Forrest
, with his command reduced to about 500 men, overtook Streight
again and forced a pitched battle upon his antagonists, who outnumbered him nearly three to one.
tells of his men being so exhausted that they fell asleep in line of battle, but although the pursuit had been as exhausting to the Confederates
, they pressed the fight