It consisted of one hundred and ten (110) wagons, and over five hundred mules.
We burned the wagons, shot or sabred all the mules we could not lead off or use to mount prisoners, and started back.
In one of the wagons was Colonel McCrosky, of Hood's infantry, who had been badly wounded at Franklin.
I left a tent with him, some stores, and one of the prisoners to take care of him; about twenty of the teamsters were colored United States soldiers of the garrison captured by Hood at Dalton — these came back with us.
We returned via Tollgate and the old Military and Hackleburg roads, capturing an ambulance, with its guard, on the way, to within twenty-five miles south of Russelville, when I found that Roddy's force, and the so-called brigades of Biffles and Russel were already stationed in our front at Bear Creek, and on the Biler road towards Moulton, to retard us, while Armstrong was reported as being in pursuit.
The country was very difficult and rugged, with few road