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Doc. 55.-fight at Jasper, Tenn. General Negley's report. headquarters United States forces, Sweeden's Cove, east-Tunobserved. They retreated through a narrow lane, towards Jasper, closely pursued by a portion of Col. Haggard's Fifth KentGeneral Adams was in command of a heavy force of rebels at Jasper, some thirty miles distant. He at once determined to surpr them. He immediately moved on, and within a few miles of Jasper, came upon a large force of the enemy. They, the rebelsl retreats ever known. They took up a narrow lane, toward Jasper, closely pursued by Haggard and Wyncoop, the former of the and camp equipage. The flying rebels passed on through Jasper, notwithstanding the great efforts used by their officers p. Col. Hambright, who led the advance from Winchester to Jasper, and received the enemy's first fire, displayed great cour Mitchel says that hundreds of Union men have flocked into Jasper, and, with tears in their eyes, hail Mitchel and Negley as
.-operations in east-tennessee. General Negley's despatches. headquarters United States forces, four miles beyond Jasper, June 5, 1862. Gen. O. W. Mitchel, Huntsville: sir: I have just captured four men, who left Chattanooga this morning. flight of the enemy to Chattanooga — a distance of forty-three miles--without stopping. An attempt was made to rally in Jasper, but they cursed Gen. Adams, and rushed on with their foaming horses. Hundreds of Union men have flocked into Jasper froJasper from the mountains. The enemy, who were crossing the river at Shell Mound, retreated to Chattanooga by rail this morning. Appearances indicate that they will not defend Chattanooga. There were but two regiments at Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday last.that point last night, expecting the attack to be made there. Col. Scott and Capt. Shaffer's Ohio cavalry were sent from Jasper by a path through the mountain, which resulted in surprising and capturing the enemy's pickets at the ferry and preventin
e been burned by the rebels, but the stream was easily fordable, and it was crossed on Wednesday morning, June fourth, and the line of march resumed toward Jasper, Marion County. Here Gen. Negley caused several of the most prominent secessionists to be arrested, and mulcted them in the sum of two hundred dollars each, which was ap character and intention of Gov. Johnson's declaration that rich rebels should be made to pay for Union losses incurred by rebel predatory bands. Passing through Jasper, Gen. Negley encamped at the foot of the first ridge of the Cumberland mountains, early in the evening, at an old camping-ground of the rebels. The following mor three hundred and fifty men of the First Kentucky regiment, at Sweden's Cove, about thirty miles north-west of this place, on the road leading from Winchester to Jasper. He made his escape with the loss of only six men, instead of twenty, as reported. It is supposed that this force, estimated from one thousand five hundred to
iculars of Colonel Sill's movements in the neighborhood of Jasper. He was sent there subsequent to the abortive operations Fourth Kentucky cavalry, were added, while he was still at Jasper; the Second Ohio and six companies of the Twenty-fourth Ilhis scouts reported their cavalry fifteen hundred strong. Jasper furnishes but a poor position for defensive purposes, as ttevenson. His wagons, in passing from the latter place to Jasper, were compelled to cross Battle Creek, near its mouth, upony rebel force which might attempt to molest the people of Jasper. Upon Friday, the twentieth of June, Col. Sill sent founty-fourth Illinois down to Rankin's Ferry, six miles from Jasper, to hold the enemy in check in case he should attempt to clonel Mihalotzy's force, after this skirmish, went back to Jasper, and as soon as he had returned, Colonel Sill's entire foreen the mountain and the river, the road from Stevenson to Jasper passes, as also an unfinished branch railroad running from