in the center advanced and drove the enemy from the road.
Our artillery was in the rear, shelling with good effect, and the enemy's artillery was near Beville
's hotel shelling our battery at a furious rate.
Soon the Federals
were driven from the depot, and with our small arms we got a cross-fire on their guns, killing every horse but one in the caisson.
The fight grew very exciting, the right and left closing in around the town.
After a fierce resistance of about two hours the enemy began to give way and our gallant men charging them on all sides they were soon in full retreat in two columns.
At this time Captain Dickison
dashed through the streets, calling to his men to mount their horses and follow, which was quickly done—the enemy scattering along the roads and through the woods, pursued on every side by our brave boys.
The pursuit continued as far as Newnansville
, 15 miles distant, many being killed and captured on the road.
Their main column, with one piece of artillery, led by Colonel Harris
, of the Seventy-fifth Ohio, was followed by Dickison
and his command, who captured the gun one mile from town, in front of Dr. McCrea
It was supposed that Colonel Harris
' command had been reduced to 40 men during the pursuit.
They had gone about 4 miles when they were met by a scouting party of 4 men who had been sent out the day previous to ascertain the movements of the enemy, and returning to our camp that morning found the command gone.
Hearing our artillery in the direction of Gainesville
they pressed on to the scene of action, and at a most opportune time passed through a long lane that turned abruptly to the right and there met 30 men with one lieutenant in full retreat, coming upon them before either saw the other.
These 4 daring young soldiers demanded a surrender, which was immediately made, the enemy naturally supposing they were the advance of a reinforcement on the way to Captain Dickison
The prisoners were ordered to throw down their arms.