clergymen, physicians, editors, judges—the people usually left behind in time of war. To these the rebel commander added two or three thousand cavalry-men, and altogether his numbers amounted to seven thousand.
On the 1st of April, Wilson
encountered this enemy at Ebenezer Church, and drove him across the Cahawba river
On the 2nd, he attacked and captured the fortified city of Selma
, took thirty-two guns and three thousand prisoners, and destroyed the arsenal, armory, machine-shops, and a vast quantity of stores.
On the 4th, he captured and destroyed Tuscaloosa
On the 10th, he crossed the Alabama river
, and, on the 14th, occupied Montgomery
, which the enemy had abandoned.
Here he divided his force, sending one portion upon West Point
, and the other against Columbus, in Georgia
Both these places were assaulted and captured on the 16th of April, the latter by a gallant night attack, in which Generals Upton
particularly distinguished themselves.
This was the last battle of the war.
On the 21st, Macon
was surrendered, with sixty field guns, twelve thousand militia-men, and five generals, including Howell Cobb
, who had been a member of Buchanan
's cabinet, and afterwards rebel governor of Georgia
, the cavalry career was checked by news of the armistice between Johnston
, which included Wilson
In twenty-eight days the cavalry had marched five hundred and twenty-five miles, and captured five fortified cities, six thousand two hundred prisoners, two hundred and eighty pieces of artillery, ninety-nine thousand stand of small arms, and whatever else of military advantage was left in the state of