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The Daily Dispatch: January 13, 1865., [Electronic resource], The battle of Franklin--an Authentic Description. (search)
ting the commands last named pushed rapidly forward, with the view of reaching the rear of the column skirmishing with Lee on the river banks — supposed to be about thirteen thousand strong — and cutting them off from retreat. But on reaching Spring Hill — the point aimed at — it was found that the Federal had been notified by their cavalry of the movement, and had reached that locality in advance. It should be added, however, that their line of march was over eleven miles of smooth road, while our line of march was over seventeen miles of rugged country. "On arriving at Spring Hill, the Federal were discovered to be in battle array and fortified. General Forrest, with a part of his dismounted cavalry, led the charge in person; and that night the breastworks were in our possession. The enemy, after burning their supply train, had evacuated the position and moved on. The next morning (Wednesday) our troops were early on the march. Forrest leading, Stewart next, and Cheatham