or the granting of a limited number of furloughs, gives great satisfaction to the men. They not only feel that they will soon have help, but that if their conduct be good, there will be a fair chance for them to see home before the expiration of their term of enlistment.
Hitherto they have been something like prisoners without hope.
Another little misfortune has occurred to our arms at Brentwood.
The Twenty-second Wisconsin, numbering four hundred men, was captured by General Forrest.
The rebels succeed admirably in gathering up and consolidating our scattered troops.
The Adjutant and others are having a concert in the next tent, and certainly laugh more over their own performance than singers do generally.
They have just executed
The foin ould Irish gintleman, And are at this present writing shouting
Vive l'america, home of the free. I think it more than probable that as their enthusiasm increases, the punch in their punch-bowl diminishes.
he expedition was a foolish one. Colonel Harker, who knows Streight well, predicted the fate which has overtaken him. He is brave, but deficient in judgment.
The statement that his command surrendered to an inferior force is, doubtless, false.
Forrest had, I venture to say, nearer four thousand and fifty than four hundred and fifty.
The rebels always have a great many men before a battle, but not many after.
They profess still to believe in the one-rebel-to-three-Yankee theory, and make theossibility of escape gone.
The enemy is strong in cavalry, and it is not at all probable that he would have sent but four hundred and fifty men to look after a brigade, which had boldly ventured hundreds of miles inside his lines.
In fact, General Forrest seldom, if ever, travels with so small a command as he is said to have had on this occasion.
An order has been issued prohibiting women from visiting the army.
I infer from this that a movement is contemplated.
o be inextricable confusion.
Were a division of the enemy to pounce down upon us between this and morning, I fear the Army of the Cumberland would be blotted out.
Early this morning the army was again got into order.
Officers and soldiers found their regiments, regiments their brigades, and brigades their divisions.
My brigade was posted on a high ridge, east of Rossville and near it. About ten o'clock A. M. it was attacked by a brigade of mounted infantry, a part of Forrest's command, under Colonel Dibble.
After a sharp fight of half an hour, in which the Fifteenth Kentucky, Colonel Taylor, and the Forty-second Indiana, Lieutenant-Colonel McIntyre were principally engaged, the enemy was repulsed and retired leaving his dead and a portion of his wounded on the field.
Of his dead, one officer and eight men were left within a few rods of our line.
One little boy, so badly wounded they could not carry him off, said, with tears and sobs, They have run off and le