ting Croxton's brigade, on detached service, moved upon Montgomery, where General Wirt Adams was in command.
Adams did not wait for Wilson's arrival; but, setting fiAdams did not wait for Wilson's arrival; but, setting fire to ninety thousand bales of cotton in that city, he fled.
Wilson entered it, unopposed, on the morning of the 12th, when Major Weston, marching rapidly northward pushed on southwesterly, to Eutaw, in Greene County.
There he was told that Wirt Adams was after him, with two thousand cavalry.
He was not strong enough to fight Ridge, when on his way toward Eutaw, where he had a sharp skirmish with some of Adams's men, then on their way to join Forrest.
The attack was made by Adams, first Adams, first upon the Sixth Kentucky Cavalry.
The Second Michigan gave assistance, and finally bore the brunt of the attack, and repulsed the assailants with considerable loss tome, and tear ‘um out and carry away a mighty heap.
Dey terrible fellers!
But Adams had been more terrible, for he destroyed ninety thousand bales of cotton belong
f the country, Wilson's command moved on — diverging routes, the distances between the divisions expanding and contracting, according to circumstances.
The general course was a little east of south, until they reached the waters of the Black Warrior River.
Upton marched for Sanders's Ferry on the west fork of the Black Warrior, by way of Russellville and Mount Hope, to Jackson, in Walker County.
Long went by devious ways to the same point, and McCook, taking the Tuscaloosa road as far as Eldridge, turned eastward to Jasper, from which point the whole force crossed the Black Warrior River.
There, in the fertile region watered by the main affluents of the Tombigbee River, the columns simultaneously menaced Columbus, in Mississippi, and Tuscaloosa and Selma, in Alabama.
At that time General Forrest, in command of the Confederate cavalry, was on the Mobile and Ohio railway, west of Columbus, in Mississippi, and so rapid was Wilson's march through Alabama, that the watchful and .expe