by Col. T. G. Woodward
cavalry, and Col. J. B. Biffle
's Nineteenth Tennessee cavalry, with a section of Freeman
's battery, drove the Federals
, reported at 9,000, inside of their fortifications at Jackson
, and then moved rapidly on Humboldt
The gallant Col. J. W. Starnes
, Fourth Tennessee, was sent against Humboldt
, where he captured 100 prisoners and destroyed the stockade and railroad bridge.
was sent to the rear of Trenton
, while Forrest
took Maj. N. N. Cox
's Second battalion Tennessee
cavalry, his escort company, and Freeman
's Tennessee battery, and made a bold dash at Trenton
, which he captured after a brief engagement, taking over 700 prisoners with arms, horses and stores.
The garrison was composed of the Second Tennessee Federal regiment, commanded by Col. Isaac R. Hawkins
, which a few days earlier had escaped Forrest
, and detachments from Ohio
and other States.
In this affair the Confederate
loss was 2 killed and 7 wounded.
Col. A. A. Russell
, Fourth Alabama cavalry, who was guarding Forrest
's rear pending these operations, skirmished for parts of two days with a column of Federal infantry 3,000 strong, and finally dismounted half of his regiment, moved up, delivered one volley and charged the line with his mounted companies.
The enemy retreated in a panic across Spring creek
, burned the bridge in his rear, and was not again heard of.
the Eighth Tennessee completed its armament with improved guns captured from the enemy.
On the afternoon of the 21st, Forrest
moved north, capturing at Rutherford's Station two companies of Federals, among them Col. T. G. Kinney
, One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois.
At Union City
106 Federals were captured without resistance, and the railroad bridges over the north and south forks of the Obion river
, with four miles of trestle between them, were destroyed.
dispatched to General Bragg
, ‘We have made a clean ’