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wagons and artillery. The whole column combined numbered 17,000 men, 86 pieces of artillery, and 1,000 wagons. When the head of the column reached Elk river, 35 miles above here, they found it impossible to ford it, and consequently turned their course towards Pulaski and Nashville. This movement caused the rear division — commanded by Gen. Dodge--to strike across the country a few miles north of this place, in order to make a more direct march to Pulaski, and there by a void the town of Florence altogether. From the best information I can gather in regard to Dodge's force, he had about 3,000 men,. 17 pieces of artillery, and about 100 wagons. This would make the whole of Sherman's force 20,000 men, 103 pieces of artillery, and 1,100 wagons; and, upon inquiry, it will be found that this statement is in the main correct. Their cavalry force was comparatively small, consisting principally of the 5th Ohio cavalry, 13th, and part of the 4th U. S. regulars, and numbering in all not mo