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The expeditionary force under Major-General Gordon Granger, which moved on Monday against Van Dorn's rebel army, returned to Franklin, Tenn., this afternoon, having driven the enemy beyond Duck River. The infantry went no farther than Rutherford Creek, but the cavalry, under Colonel Minty, of the Fourth brigade, made a thorough reconnaissance of the country beyond the creek to Duck River. The second day's march brought the expedition to Rutherford Creek, where, for a time, the rebels pRutherford Creek, where, for a time, the rebels promised fight. Their positions were well chosen, their artillery commanding the pike and several crossings. A blinding rain, however, prevented General Granger attempting the passage of the stream, which was flood-high and foaming. The troops bivouacked for the night, expecting to drive the enemy on the succeeding day. Yesterday came in clear and beautiful, giving the artillerists a fine opportunity for practice, which they improved excellently by numerous shots. Preparations were made for
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Repelling Hood's invasion of Tennessee. (search)
d General Stanley to march with two divisions, Wagner's and Kimball's, to Spring Hill, taking the trains and all the reserve artillery. In less than half an hour after receiving the order, Stanley was on the way. On reaching the point where Rutherford Creek crosses the Franklin Pike, Kimball's division was halted, by order of General Schofield, and faced to the east to cover the crossing against a possible attack from that quarter. In this position Kimball remained all day. Stanley, with the oUnion troops within striking distance; the cavalry were about Mount Carmel, five miles east, fully occupied in keeping Forrest away from Franklin and the Harpeth River crossings. The nearest aid was Kimball's division, seven miles south, at Rutherford Creek. The other three divisions of infantry which made up Schofield's force — Wood's, Cox's, and Ruger's (in part)--were still at Duck River. Thus night closed down upon the solitary division, on whose boldness of action devolved the safety of
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Union cavalry in the Hood campaign. (search)
pidly rising streams made it impossible for the flanking columns traveling through the open country to overtake the enemy and again bring him to action. Late in the afternoon, in a violent winter rain-storm, the advanced guard was halted at Rutherford Creek, a considerable stream, now full to the hills on either side. The enemy had succeeded in destroying the bridges. The country had been entirely denuded of supplies for both men and horses; the haversacks and forage-bags were empty, and thera floating bridge out of the debris of another railroad bridge. This enabled him to cross the creek with his whole command, but a few miles beyond he was again stopped by the Duck River, which was also at flood. The delay of the pursuit at Rutherford Creek was short, but it gave the enemy a breathing-spell, which was of great value to him. It enabled him to get safely across the last considerable river between him and the Tennessee, to destroy the bridges which he had maintained at Columbia fo
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XI (search)
e impression upon my mind that Hood's movement was so rapid or energetic as to prevent me from doing what seemed of such vital importance. Therefore I decided not to yield my position unless compelled by force to do so. While considering this question I had detained one of Stanley's two divisions (Kimball's), and had suspended the orders for Ruger's division to march to Spring Hill. When the decision was reached, I put Kimball's and Wood's divisions in position between Duck River and Rutherford's Creek, and Ruger's north of that creek, to resist any attempt the enemy might make upon our position. I then sent the following to Stanley at Spring Hill: near Columbia, Tenn., November 29, 1864, 10:45 A. M. Major-General Stanley, Commanding Fourth Army Corps. General: General Wood's reconnoissance shows a considerable force, at least, on this side of the river. I have halted Kimball's division this side of the creek and put it in position. I will try to hold the enemy until d
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
285 Kimball, Maj.-Gen., Nathan, his troops at Spring Hill, 173; at Franklin, 175; placed between Duck River and Rutherford's Creek, 214; movement to Franklin, 216; battle of Nashville, 263 King, Brig.-Gen. Rufus, entertains S. at Rome, 393 211, 214, 215, 219; moves against Forrest at Thompson's Station, 173, 216; moves to Columbia, 201; position north of Rutherford Creek, 214; superintendent of the Military Academy, 442 Ruggles, Adjt.-Gen. George D., promulgates orders concerning tactics in riots, 505, 506 Rutherford Creek, military movements on, 214 S St. John's River, the, travel and sickness on, 19, 25 St. Joseph, Mo., allegations from persons in, concerning arming of disloyal persons in Missouri, 104, 105 St., 175, 176; battle of Franklin, 176, 180; reports Hood's crossing of Duck River, 214; placed between Duck River and Rutherford's Creek, 214; movement to Spring Hill, 215, 216; battle of Nashville, 243, 244, 250, 263, 267, 269, 272; cooperation of S.
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Tennessee, 1863 (search)
th Cavalry. MICHIGAN--2nd and 4th Cavalry. OHIO--Battery "D" 1st Light Arty. (Section). PENNSYLVANIA--7th and 9th Cavalry. Union loss, 3 killed, 1 wounded. Total, 4. March 9: Skirmish, Shelby CountyILLINOIS--4th Cavalry. March 9: Skirmish, Rutherford CreekKENTUCKY--7th Cavalry. March 9: Skirmish, SomervilleILLINOIS--Battery "K" 1st Light Arty. March 9-10: Skirmishes, CovingtonILLINOIS--6th and 7th Cavalry. March 9-14: Reconnoissance from Salem to VersaillesILLINOIS--21st, 25th, 35th, 38th, ANA--22nd and 81st Infantry. MINNESOTA--2nd Battery Light Arty. OHIO--101st Infantry. WISCONSIN--5th and 8th Indpt. Batteries Light Arty.; 15th Infantry. March 10: Skirmish near MurfreesboroughINDIANA--2nd Cavalry. March 10-11: Skirmishes, Rutherford CreekINDIANA--4th Cavalry. KENTUCKY--4th, 6th and 7th Cavalry. MICHIGAN--2nd and 4th Cavalry. OHIO--3rd and 4th Cavalry; Battery "D" 1st Light Arty. (Section). PENNSYLVANIA--7th and 9th Cavalry. UNITED STATES--4th Cavalry. Union loss, 5 killed, 7
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Illinois Volunteers. (search)
see River December 17-28. West Harpeth River December 17. Spring Hill December 18. Rutherford Creek December 19. Columbia December 20. Linnville, Buford's Station and Richland Creek, Deecember 17-28. West Harpeth River, Franklin, December 17. Spring Hill December 18. Rutherford Creek December 19. Columbia December 20. Richland Creek and Lynnville December 24. Anthot Harpeth River December 17. Spring Hill December 18. Franklin Pike, Curtis Creek and Rutherford Creek December 19. Columbia December 20. Lynnville and Richland Creek December 24. Anthoember 17-28. Franklin and West Harpeth River December 17. Spring Hill December 18. Rutherford Creek December 19. Anthony's Gap, near Pulaski, December 25-26. At Pulaski till March, 1865ursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-19. West Harpeth River December 17. Rutherford Creek December 19. Lynnville and Rockland Creek December 24. Anthony's Gap, near Pulaski, D
Hernando October 11 (Detachment). Expedition from Memphis to Moscow November 9-13. Shoal Creek November 11. On line of Shoal Creek November 16-20. Butler Creek November 22. Campbellsville and Lynnville November 24. In front of Columbia November 24-27. Lawrenceburg November 27. Mount Carmel November 29. Battles of Franklin November 30; Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood December 17-29. West Harpeth River December 17. Spring Hill December 18. Rutherford Creek and Curtis Creek December 19. Lawrenceburg December 22. Lynnville and Richland Creek December 24. Richland Creek December 25. King's Gap, near Pulaski, December 25. Egypt Station, Miss., December 28 (Co. E ). Tuscumbia February 20, 1865. Duty at Huntsville and Florence, Ala., Eastport, Miss., and Gravelly Springs, Ala., till June, 1865. Expedition to Russellsville, Ala., February 19-23, 1865, and in the Dept. of Mississippi till September. Mustered out Septem
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Kentucky Volunteers. (search)
4-5. Franklin March 4. Thompson's Station, Spring Hill, March 5. Expedition from Franklin to Columbia March 8-12. Thompson's Station March 9. Rutherford Creek March 10-11. Spring Hill March 19. Near Thompson's Station March 23. Little Harpeth March 25. Near Franklin March 31. Thompson's Station May 2Tenn., January 30, thence to Franklin, Tenn., and duty there till June. Expedition from Franklin to Columbia March 8-12. Thompson's Station March 9. Rutherford Creek March 10-11. Near Thompson's Station March 23. Little Harpeth River March 25. Near Franklin March 31. Franklin April 27. Thompson's Station Maing at Castillian Springs till March, 1863. Moved to Franklin, Tenn. Expedition from Franklin to Columbia March 8-12. Thompson's Station March 9. Rutherford Creek March 10-11. Spring Hill March 18-19. Columbia Pike April 1. Thompson's Station May 2. Moved to Triune June 2-4. Franklin June 4. Middle Te
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Michigan Volunteers. (search)
Dandridge, Tenn., January 6, 1863. Near Auburn February 15. Vaught's Hill, Milton, Tenn., February 18. Thompson's Station March 4-5 (Detachment). Expedition from Franklin to Columbia March 8-12. Thompson's Station March 9. Rutherford Creek March 10-11. Spring Hill March 19. Near Thompson's Station March 23. Little Harpeth March 25. Near Franklin March 31. Franklin June 4-5. Expedition to Thompson's Station May 2. Triune June 9. Middle Tennessee (or Tuller January 31. Expedition to Franklin January 31-February 13. Rover February 13. Manchester Pike February 22 (Detachment). Unionville and Rover March 4. Expedition to-ward Columbia March 4-14. Thompson's Station March 9. Rutherford Creek March 10-11. Expedition from Murfreesboro to Auburn, Liberty, Snow Hill, etc., April 2-6. Snow Hill, Woodbury and Liberty April 3. Franklin April 10. Expedition to McMinnville April 20-30. Hickory Creek April 21. Expedition
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