orrest was in front with a motley force, made up of conscripts and local militia: old men and boys, clergymen, physicians, editors, judges—the people usually left behind in time of war. To these the rebel commander added two or three thousand cavalry-men, and altogether his numbers amounted to seven thousand.
On the 1st of April, Wilson encountered this enemy at Ebenezer Church, and drove him across the Cahawba river in confusion.
On the 2nd, he attacked and captured the fortified city of Selma, took thirty-two guns and three thousand prisoners, and destroyed the arsenal, armory, machine-shops, and a vast quantity of stores.
On the 4th, he captured and destroyed Tuscaloosa.
On the 10th, he crossed the Alabama river, and, on the 14th, occupied Montgomery, which the enemy had abandoned.
Here he divided his force, sending one portion upon West Point, and the other against Columbus, in Georgia.
Both these places were assaulted and captured on the 16th of April, the latter by a gall