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Stilliant cavalry Exploit sixteen hundred Yankees captured. Chattanooga, May 4. --A special to the Rebel, dated Rome, Ga., 4th, via Dalton says: Gen — Forrest accomplished the most brilliant feat of the war yesterday. He captured Col. Stralt's entire command, consisting of 1,600 infantry. He pursued them from Courtland, Ala, and captured them two miles from the Georgia line, and twenty miles from Rome, fighting incessantly for five days and nights. Gen. Forrest's loss was ten men killed and forty wounded. His reception in Rome yesterday was a triumphant ovation. A salute of twenty guns was fired, and the ladies welcomed him with smiles and tears of gratitude. [second Dispatch] Atlanta, May 4.--Passengers by the State road report that the enemy, 1,000 strong, and 4,000 contrabands, were captured at Cassville. Yankee loss, fifty killed; our loss, ten killed. A special from Col. Lee, at Etowah, confirms the above.
in Georgia. The feat of Gen. Forrest, capturing 1,500 Yankees with 500 Confederate cavalry, after several days' fighting, is one of the most remarkable of the war. It was on the 30th day of April that he fought and defeated the Vanndale at Courtland, on the M. and C. R. R., in Lawrence county, Ala. From this point to Rome we should judge to be not less than 150 miles, and from Courtland to Gaylesville, where Forrest overtook and fought them, not less than 115 or 120 miles. He then traveledCourtland to Gaylesville, where Forrest overtook and fought them, not less than 115 or 120 miles. He then traveled this distance in but little over two days. He overtook, fought, whipped, and captured them in the early part of the third day. Of the last day's fight a correspondent of the Atlanta (Ga.) Confederacy says: At Black Creek, a very deep, rapid stream, beyond Gadsden, they burned the bridge and planted their artillery to prevent Forrest from getting any further. Upon reaching it, he found he could not ford it. This was the first serious obstacle in the way of the intrepid rebels. At this m
The President in the South. Selma, Oct. 18. --President Davis arrived here this evening, and was welcomed by the citizens en masse. An immense crowd gathered in front of the hotel. The President congratulated the people on meeting them under such favorable circumstances, and spoke in glowing terms of the gallantry of Alabamians on every battle-field. He said if the non-conscripts of Alabama would gather their guns and go to the rescue, by guarding Courtland and other points, thereby relieving regular soldiers who are now from necessity discharging that sort of duty, such blows would be dealt the enemy as he would find it difficult to recover from. In this way most effective aid could be given the gallant men and officers who are carrying out the plans of the noble Longstreet, under the supervision of the heroic Bragg. In this way, the President was confident that Rosecrans could be crushed to dust. It was only by force of arms that the Yankees could be brought to re
d entered the Sequatchie Valley. He met a wagon train, one thousand in number, well guarded, and attacked them. A hand fight ensued, but he captured everything, including several thousand prisoners. He killed the mules and burnt the wagons and stores. He next sent Gen. Wharton to McMinnville to invest the place, and then followed with his entire command. He captured the garrison, including two regiments of Yankee infantry and thirty days rations for Rosecrans's army, which he destroyed.--He paroled all the prisoners, and exchanged his worn-down horses for good ones. He next dashed on and destroyed the bridges over Stone and Duck rivers, while Wharton threatened Murfreesboro'. Wharton then joined Wheeler at Shelbyville. The enemy were here reinforced and fought and drove Gen. Wheeler back. He retreated across the Tennessee near Courtland, Ala. The Confederate loss was heavy, but the whole affair was a brilliant exploit. Roddy is reported to have blown up the tunnel at Cowans.
prisoners, the most of them being prisoners. In connection with the above we extract the following, from a special to the Rebel, at Marietta, dated the 17th inst., which states that after he paroled the prisoners captured "he then dashed on and destroyed the bridge over Stono and Duck rivers, while Wharton threatened Murfreesboro'. Wharton then joined Wheeler at Shelbyville. The enemy were reinforced and fought and drove Wheeler back. He retreated across the Tennessee river near Courtland, Ala. Our loss heavy, but it was a brilliant exploit. Roddy is reported to have blown up the tunnel at Cowans." The situation of affairs. The question which now recurs is: At what point is Rosecrans likely to develop his intention ? I believe that it will be on the left of our line, and for the following reasons: Lookout Mountain, which is now in our possession, is as essential to the Federal commander, if he has determined to hold Chattanooga as a base of further operations, as Nash
The Daily Dispatch: October 28, 1863., [Electronic resource], Narrative of Wheeler's Circuit around Rosecrans. (search)
, under the gallant Captain Kirkpatrick, were badly cut to pieces. A few shots were fired by the enemy across the first channel at our pickets on the island. After this skirmish they retired in the direction of Pulaski, Stevenson, and Bridgeport. Their entire force consisted of thirty-three regiments of cavalry and mounted infantry, including eight pieces of artillery, under the command of Major Gen. Mitchell. Here we met with a most generous reception from the citizens in and near Courtland. Our soldiers were invited to their dwellings and fed freely "without money and without price." God save such noble people from the oppressions of the enemy. The loss of the corps during the raid will not amount to more than 500 men and three pieces of artillery, and seven or eight hundred horses and mules. A summary of the damage done the enemy consists in the burning of 800 wagons, capture of near 2,000 mules and horses, and the killing of as many, destruction of immense supplies
ult of his expedition, including the Smith and Yazoo river pavements, is about as follows; 150 miles of railroad, 67 bridges, 7,000 treatle, 20 locomotives, 28 cars, 10,000 bales cotton, several steam mills, and over two million bushels of corn were destroyed. The railroad destruction was complete and thorough. The capture of prisoners exceeds our loss. Up wards of 8,000 contrabands and refugees came in with the various columns. After occupying Decatur, General Dodge pushed west to Courtland, and thence to Moulton, driving the enemy and capturing many prisoners and much ammunition. The New York Herald. contains a long account from its correspondent with Sherman, written solely with a view to cover up the disastrous adventure. The following are two extracts: When this portion of the expedition arrived here it was found that General Smith's cavalry had not yet made its appearance.--Several days before information was received from deserters and prisoners that he had
there then. He had been with Forrest in his raid against Sturgis. Rhody stated to this spy that Sturgis had lost two hundred prisoners, one thousand killed, and five hundred and fifty, wounded.--To account for the discrepancy existing between the killed and wounded, Rhody very coolly stated that Forrest had shot a great many of the wounded who were unable to march to Columbus, Ga.--Forrest's losses were admitted to be very large, but it was not given in numbers. Colonel Patterson was at Courtland yesterday, in command of a regiment of four hundred and fifty men. The advantage of a ram at Wilmington — now Stranded blockade runners are Unloaded. A letter in the New York Herald, shows how valuable an iron clad is at Wilmington, in assisting blockade running. It says: On May 31 and June 1 the flagship of the westside of the squadron was at Lockwood's Folly inlet, around which are clustered all the blockaders on that side. This point is at least nine miles distant from
fter an obstinate engagement. Several prisoners, captured by Colonel Prossor near Athens, report that they crossed at Florence; that Forrest told them he would have force enough to destroy both railroads and stay in Tennessee as long as he pleased. The rebel force has destroyed several miles of the Tennessee and Alabama railroad between Decatur and Athens. There is no communication with Pulaski, Tennessee. An escaped prisoner reports that the rebel Samuel Wheeler was at Courtland, Alabama, yesterday morning. The rebels were under three commanders-- Forrest, Roddy and Biffies. Wheeler's force was reported to have gone South to join Hood in Georgia, and it is Forrest's intention to capture Pulaski, Franklin, Shelbyville, and all the intermediate blockhouses on the road. At last accounts, the rebels were moving on Pulaski, No demonstration had been made on the Chattanooga railroad. A telegram from Pulaski reports that heavy firing was heard in the direction
ashville), if he fights at all, and there can be nothing comforting to the enemy in the statement that he will find an army of United States soldiers competent to prevent him treading the soil of Tennessee to a reckless extent. The latest from Forrest — account of his capture of the gunboats on the Tennessee. The latest intelligence from General Forrest is contained in the following telegram, dated Nashville, the 5th: Three regiments of cavalry are reported between Decatur and Courtland. Forrest, with a cavalry force, is reported near Johnsonville, which is amply garrisoned to repel any attack. The Yankees publish two interesting telegrams, giving an account of Forrest's success in the marine department. One, dated at Nashville, the 5th says: The gunboat Undine, captured at Fort Herman, on the Tennessee river, previously reported, fought the enemy six hours before surrendering. She had six men killed and eight wounded, three of them mortally. Among the wounde
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