n, their horses revelling in a wheat-field, and started early enough to just escape from Forrest, who, with ten regiments of cavalry, was waiting to intercept the force.
Wilder got back to Manchester at one o'clock P. M., and reported to General Rosecrans, who was just betting two thousand dollars with General Stanley that they would get back, which they did, without the loss of a single man; having marched one hundred and twenty-six miles in two days and a half, swam four streams, tore up three railroads, and got back safely — the tiredest set of mortals you ever saw.
General Rosecrans seemed delighted with the trip, and ordered the brigade here to feed and rest their horses preparatory to more of the same sort.
If it had not been for the incessant rains and consequent high water, we would as certainly have had Bragg's whole army as that we have Tullahoma now. As it is, he will escape across the Tennessee River, with the loss of nearly all his Tennessee troops, who are dese
rains all concentrated at this point.
The corps of General Thomas was yesterday thrown forward, and his advance is within four miles of the enemy.
We shall probably advance to-day; and if so, the chances are in favor of a great battle to-morrow.
It seems likely that Bragg intends to make a stand at Tullahoma.
Tullahoma is a strong position naturally; its artificial defences are respectaable.
and the troops are laboring day and night strengthening them.
While sitting to-day with General Rosecrans and a number of the members of his staff, under the General's marquee, General Stanley, Chief of Cavalry, with General Mitchell and his division of horse, reached headquarters — being just back from his brilliant expedition to Shelbyville, the headquarters of the rebel army.
I have already sent by telegraph the leading points of the affair; but, in the course of an afternoon's gossip, there are many details which may be of interest.
Our force, all of which was under command of Gene