Through the politeness of a gentleman who participated in the affair, we are enabled to present to surrenders an accurate, though not a very long, account of the heavy skirmish at Lavergne, Tenn.
, on the 28th of November. It might rather be called an artillery duel, for the severest part of the engagement was between the artillery on other side.
The forces engaged were the advance of the opposing armies.
, with his brigade, was posted at Lavergne
, fifteen miles beyond Murfreesboro
', and here the enemy made the attack with a much larger force consisting of cavalry and artillery.
The fight soon became severe, and the discharges of cannon were rapid and incessant.
Both sides seemed determined to drive the other off the field, or at least not to yield an inch of the disputed territory, and for some hours our troops fight with the most desperate bravery.
At length however, it became evident that it was useless to contend longer against a superior force, not say in numbers, but in guns, and General Wheeler
slowly withdrew his command to a point four miles distant. Fortunately he was here reinforced, and rallying his men, drove the enemy back and to gained the ground he had lost.
It was near the nose of the fight when General Wheeler
's horse was killed by a shell, and he himself was wounded in the leg. But for this circumstance, and the lateness of the hour, the Abolition force would have been totally routed.
As it was, they lost nearly two hundred in killed and wounded, while our casualties are less than half that number.