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he Fourth army corps arrived in the vicinity of Nashville, on the retreat from Pulaski, on the first December ultimo. Major-General D. S. Stanley, having been wound-fifth, the corps followed closely on the heels of the cavalry, passed through Pulaski, from which the cavalry had rapidly driven the enemy's rear guard, and encampeth of the mud. As we could not have the use of the turnpike further south than Pulaski, I ordered all the artillery of the corps, but four batteries, to be left at PPulaski, using the horses of the batteries left to increase the horses of the pieces taken with the command to eight, and of the caissons to ten horses each. I also ued, with all possible celerity, to Lexington, Alabama, thirty miles south of Pulaski. Six miles south of Lexington, Brevet Major-General Wilson learned certainlyt beyond description. It were scarcely an hyperbole to say that the road from Pulaski to Lexington was bottomless when we passed over it. It was strewn with the wre
kirmish. The batteries in General Blair's front were served with good effect, and, the boys say, made some of the graybacks git from the rail piles in a hurry. To-night, as I write, the soldiers about me are, to judge from their conversation, satisfied that if the affair had been an attack instead of a demonstration, they could have carried the lookouts in their front, Kinesaw and Brushy Mountains. Big Shanty, Cobb co., Ga., June 16, 1864. At the invitation of a friend, and while in Pulaski on business, the writer sat at meat, not only with republicans and sinners, but also with rebels. A young lady did the honors of the table most gracefully, taking great pains in pouring out the essence of Java into cups of china to display to good advantage the daintiest taper fingers in the world. Withal she was very pretty. The usual table talk began, when my friend, who well understood her secession proclivities, turned to her, and pleasantly remarked: Mr.------, my friend and o
. Soon after the surrender two regiments of reinforcements arrived, and after a severe fight were compelled to surrender. Forrest destroyed the railroad westward, captured the garrison at Sulphur Branch trestle, skirmished with the garrison at Pulaski on the twenty-seventh, and on the same day cut the Nashville and Chattanooga railroad near Tullahoma and Dechard. On the morning of the thirtieth one column of Forrest's command, under Buford, appeared before Huntsville, and summoned the surren Tennessee river, above Johnsonville, moving toward Clifton, and subsequently joined Hood. On the night of the fifth General Schofield, with the advance of the Twenty-third corps, reached Johnsonville, but finding the enemy gone, was ordered to Pulaski, and put in command of all the troops there, with instructions to watch the movements of Hood and retard his advance, but not to risk a general engagement until the arrival of General A. J. Smith's command from Missouri, and until General Wilson
o forced to yield. Forrest then moved toward Pulaski, destroying the railroad as he advanced, captay of the twenty-seventh with the garrison of Pulaski, but withdrew toward nightfall. Major-GeneraClifton, and thence across the country toward Pulaski, joining General Rousseau's command at that pal Stanley to concentrate the Fourth corps at Pulaski and await further instructions. In the mean ed Lynnville, a point fifteen miles north of Pulaski, to cover the passage of the wagons and proteht of December twenty-five six miles out from Pulaski, on the Lamb's Ferry road, and pursuing the sdge, I directed further pursuit to cease. At Pulaski the enemy's hospital, containing about two hud the front, General Smith's command reaching Pulaski on the twenty-seventh, while General Schofieldirected General Smith to march overland from Pulaski to Clifton, via Lawrenceburg and Waynesboro, ed above, four guns and carriages now at Pulaski, Tennessee, and three or four guns in the Duck rive[9 more...]
s in the direction of Mississippi, Mobile, or Macon, as circumstances might demand. The bad state of the roads, combined with the condition of the horses of his command after completing the severe campaign in pursuit of Hood, prevented any movement for the time being, and it was only on the twenty-second of March that General Wilson, with Upton's, Long's, and McCook's divisions, could leave Chickasaw, Alabama. Hatch's division remained at Eastport, Mississippi, and R. W. Johnson's at Pulaski, Tennessee, it not being possible to mount them fully, to hold the country and prevent guerrilla depredations. When General Sherman was organizing his army for its march to the Atlantic seaboard, in November, he issued an order directing me to assume control of all the forces of the Military Division of the Mississippi not present with him and the main army in Georgia. Based on that order, all the operations of the troops within the limits of the above-mentioned military division have, during
Doc. 99. the defeat of Roddy. camp 4TH O. V. Cavalry, Kingston, Ga., June 6, 1864. The Second cavalry brigade, consisting of the First, Third and Fourth regiments Ohio veteran cavalry, Colonel Eli Long commanding, left Columbia, Tennessee, May twenty-second, and marching via Pulaski and Elktown, Tennessee, and Athens, Alabama, reached Decatur, Alabama, on the afternoon of the twenty-sixth. Hardly had the brigade encamped, and the horses been unsaddled, when boots and saddles was sounded, and the word flew that Roddy had driven in the pickets. Out went the brigade on the Courtland road, and marching six miles, the First Ohio in advance, found pickets, rebel regiments of cavalry, apparently on a reconnoissance. A volley was fired from each regiment, when the First forming, part in line to the right of the road, and part in column in the road, charged with drawn sabres. The rebels did not stop to pass more compliments, but turned tail, and such running was beautiful to beh
structions from General Thomas, I was authorized, after the escape of Hood to the south side of the Tennessee river, to assemble the available force of the corps in the vicinity of Eastport, at the head of steamboat navigation on the Tennessee river, for the purpose of completing the organization and putting the troops in the best possible condition for early active operations. By his direction, after transferring the Seventh Ohio and Fifth Iowa from the Sixth division, it was ordered to Pulaski with a view to its remaining in Tennessee for local operations. No reports have since been received of its services. On the twenty-fourth of January La Grange's and Watkins' brigades of the First division, after a fatiguing march, arrived at Waterloo landing, in the north-western corner of Alabama. They had been detained in Kentucky under General McCook, for the purpose of ridding that State of a band of rebel cavalry under Lyon. In pursuance of previous orders the Third brigade of th