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The Daily Dispatch: July 25, 1864., [Electronic resource] 6 0 Browse Search
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Van-Dorn's fight near Franklin. Col. Hawkins, of Gen Wheeler's command furnishes some further particulars of Van Dorn's victory near Franklin Tenn. On Sunday skirmishing took place between advanced Scotia parties, but the enemy could not be tempted from their stronghold near Franklin — a well chosen and easily defended locality, just on the North side of Marpech river. On Tuesday following, about 12 M Gen. Van Dorn crossed Duck river, moving toward the front, the cavalry division having preceded him to Spring Hill. That evening Col. Starnes attacked the enemy's pickets, who had been again posted on the Columbia road several miles from Franklin. The resistance he encountered was somewhat obstinate, as he lost some fifteen men — the Abolition loss being at least city. The next day the usual coquetry took peace between the opposing videttes and scouts, and on Thursday Van-Dorn began a seeming retreat. The elated Yankees, representing six regiments, and numbering over two
clock he drove him from his works, capturing sixteen pieces of artillery and five stands of colors. Gen. Cheatham attacked the enemy, capturing six pieces of artillery. During the engagement we captured about two thousand prisoners. Gen. Wheeler's cavalry routed the enemy in the neighborhood of Decatur to-day, capturing his camp. Our loss is not yet fully ascertained. Major Gen. Walker was killed. Brig Gens. Smith, Gist, and Mercer were wounded. Prisoners report that e Gens. Smith and Giles mentioned in it are Gens. Smith and Gist mentioned by Gen. Hood. Had the enemy captured East Point that would have completely invested the city, and Sherman could have commenced his siege. The brilliant movement of Wheeler, who is now, it appears, operation on the enemy, 'instead of covering our retreats, if correctly reported, is very damaging to Sherman's army. The supplies for the Yankees are brought across the Chattahoochee, and then wagoned to Decatur, a di
Gen. Giles, A Smith, and (the Yankee) Gen. Hood Gen. Gresham lost a leg. Our troops left their breastworks and charged with great gallantry, driving the enemy from two lines of entrenchments and inflicting immense slaughter, capturing a large number of prisoners, and twenty-two pieces of artillery. Gen Hardee, having passed around the enemy's flank, is now in their rear, doing great execution. The fighting still continues. [Second Dispatch.] Atlanta, July 23. --Gen Wheeler, last evening, attacked the enemy's left, in the neighborhood of Decatur, and drove them back, capturing five hundred wagons, with supplies, and a large number of prisoners. He is still pursuing. There was very little fighting after dark yesterday. Two thousand prisoners, including seventy five commissioned officers, twenty five pieces of artillery, and seven stands of colors, have been brought in. The losses on either side are not yet known. Ours was severe in officers.