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McMinnville (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
retiring, a strong force of the enemy vigorously attacked his rear. Night coming on, he withdrew in the direction of McMinnville. In the engagement Capt. Jones, of the 1st Kentucky cavalry, was killed. By 12 o'clock on the morning of the 1st of October we have in sight of McMinnville. Forward dashed the Texas Rangers, driving in the enemy's pickets, killing and wounding several. In a few minutes Gen. Wheeler had the town surrounded and demanded its surrender. A half hour passed awayssing battalions, and the rumbling of artillery carriages, made the scene appear romantic and grand to the citizens of McMinnville, and more so to the astounded Yankees. Immense were the supplies obtained by the surrender — a quantity suffices of 800 wagons, capture of near 2,000 mules and horses, and the killing of as many, destruction of immense supplies at McMinnville, with railroad trains; also, the capture of a regiment of infantry, armed with splendid Enfield rifles; destruction of
Fosterville (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
d up here, to which our boys helped themselves freely. From this point we moved in the direction of Murfreesboro'. Beyond Woodbury, Scott's and Crew's brigades were detached from their respective divisions to guard some ordnance trains to Fosterville, on the railroad. By dark on the evening of the 6th we rejoined Gen. Wheeler at Fosterville, he having destroyed the bridge south of Murfreesboro', as well as capturing the garrisons in the stockades, numbering 88 men. The railroad track Fosterville, he having destroyed the bridge south of Murfreesboro', as well as capturing the garrisons in the stockades, numbering 88 men. The railroad track between Murfreesboro' and Wartrace was torn up for several miles. Martin's division drove the enemy from Wartrace and destroyed the bridges; heavy infantry forces coming up from Stevenson forced him to retire from that point in the direction of Farmersville. Shelbyville was ransacked from beginning to end. Every store was literally torn to atoms. One thing that made our soldiers more desperate than they would have been in their depredations on the merchants was learning that those gallow
Farmersville, Union County, Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): article 2
llers from grinding any grain for the wives and families of those who belong to the "rebel army." Persons violating this order were to have their property confiscated and the offender suffer capital punishment. All merchants were forbid in the same order to sell anything to families of rebel proclivities. After our soldiers had furnished themselves with whatever they wished they retired on the roads leading west from Shelbyville. The following night we encamped on the pike leading Farmerville. On the morning of the 8th we again resumed our line of march. Just as the column was in motion Gen. Davidson received intelligence from General Wheeler that the enemy was moving on him in three directions. Rejoining our brigade, we were ordered into line of battle, Clay's command passing us. The enemy, dismounting, moved through the woodland on our front, whilst heavy columns charged our flanks with much spirit, firing heavy volleys into a column of led horses. This was done to crea
Stone River (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
ppressions 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 at McMinnville, with railroad trains; also, the capture of a regiment of infantry, armed with splendid Enfield rifles; destruction of Stone river bridge, south of Murfreesboro', and the capture of the garrisons in the stockades, 88 strong; the burning of the track for ten miles or more, and the destruction of the bridges at Wartrace, and the trains, with three engines, near that place. Rumor reports Roddy's command to have destroyed the tunnel on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, near Stevenson. This is a grand feat, if true, and I have never heard it discredited yet. He barely made his escape, as the entire force pursu
Walden's Ridge (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
Narrative of Wheeler's Circuit around Rosecrans. The circuit of Gen. Wheeler around Rosecrans appears to have been one of the most dashing episodes of the Western war. The division of cavalry left Gen. Bragg's army, and by the morning of the second day had gained the summit of the famous Walden's Ridge, from whence its work was to begin. A letter from a participant, published in the Atlanta Register, gives the first connected account of the exploit, and from it we take some interesting extracts: Towards nightfall the rain fell in torrents on our devoted boys. The roads soon became almost impassable and dangerous from the mire produced by the passing columns. By 1 o'clock in the morning we were in the Valley at Foster's Cross Roads, leaving several ambulances behind on the ridge, broken down. Two hours more and Gen. Wheeler was on the wing again, with five regiments of Martin's division, to destroy the enemy's trains at Dunlop. In this he was completely successful withou
Shelbyville, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
and Wartrace was torn up for several miles. Martin's division drove the enemy from Wartrace and destroyed the bridges; heavy infantry forces coming up from Stevenson forced him to retire from that point in the direction of Farmersville. Shelbyville was ransacked from beginning to end. Every store was literally torn to atoms. One thing that made our soldiers more desperate than they would have been in their depredations on the merchants was learning that those gallows deserving Union men suffer capital punishment. All merchants were forbid in the same order to sell anything to families of rebel proclivities. After our soldiers had furnished themselves with whatever they wished they retired on the roads leading west from Shelbyville. The following night we encamped on the pike leading Farmerville. On the morning of the 8th we again resumed our line of march. Just as the column was in motion Gen. Davidson received intelligence from General Wheeler that the enemy was m
Sugar Creek (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
y's approach. In a few minutes they made their appearance, and, confident of success, moved boldly to the attack. Gen. Wheeler had here ambushed a portion of Wharton's division. The enemy was speedily and severely repulsed and driven back. Reinforcing, they soon forced back both of these splendid divisions. Night coming on closed the engagement. The battle was a severe one, in which many were killed and wounded on both sides. After this there was but little skirmishing until at Sugar Creek a severe engagement occurred, in which the rear guard of the corps, the 2d Georgia and a Kentucky battalion, fragments of Morgan's old division, 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 ei
Pulaski, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
as a severe one, in which many were killed and wounded on both sides. After this there was but little skirmishing until at Sugar Creek a severe engagement occurred, in which the rear guard of the corps, the 2d Georgia and a Kentucky battalion, fragments of Morgan's old division, 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
Courtland, Ala. (Alabama, United States) (search for this): article 2
, 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
Greenville, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): article 2
y cavalry, was killed. By 12 o'clock on the morning of the 1st of October we have in sight of McMinnville. Forward dashed the Texas Rangers, driving in the enemy's pickets, killing and wounding several. In a few minutes Gen. Wheeler had the town surrounded and demanded its surrender. A half hour passed away and a flag of trace brought the tidings of the surrender of all the forces, consisting of the 4th Tennessee (renegade) regiment, numbering about 560 men. Major Patterson, of Greenville, Tenn., commanding. On the reception of this news by the cavalry a shout rent the air for miles that was deafening, whilst the continual tramp of passing battalions, and the rumbling of artillery carriages, made the scene appear romantic and grand to the citizens of McMinnville, and more so to the astounded Yankees. Immense were the supplies obtained by the surrender — a quantity suffices to supply an army for months. Why this concentration of supplies remains to be developed; and such
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