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almost entirely recovered. To his promptness and skill is largely due the success of General Davidson's movements. Crossing a river under fire is a difficult undertaking, and none but men of undoubted bravery will attempt it. Ready to cross, General Davidson signaled the batteries, and every gun again opened with shell upon the woods, which were believed to contain a large number of sharp-shooters. After a few minutes' brisk firing, the Fortieth Iowa and Twenty-seventh Wisconsin, of Colonel Wood's brigade, Engleman's infantry division, rushed across the bridge, formed in line of battle upon the sand-bar, and swept forward upon the double-quick to the woods, which were reached and occupied without opposition. Stange's and Lovejoy's howitzers followed on the gallop, and took position in the rear, ready for action in case their services were found necessary. Under cover of this advance, Glover's brigade of cavalry were crossed, and then Merrill's, and then Ritter's, the batteries
hief of Cavalry of General Sherman's army, with one thousand of his cavalry, and Wood's brigade of Steele's division, started for Canton, Miss. It was known that Jac'clock A. M., where the enemy made his appearance and fired on our advance. Colonel Wood sent forward a party of infantry, drove the enemy from their position on the twenty-five cars, the depot building, and a large quantity of cotton, while Colonel Wood's forces tore up and burned two miles of the railroad track. This is done b to the right of the road in the open field, while a regiment of infantry of Colonel Wood's brigade was moved to the front as skirmishers. Two pieces of artillery wes position. He kept up a vigorous shelling, which, however, did no injury. Colonel Wood finally dislodged the enemy, reached the bridge over Bear Creek, which the e with the war in the South, and reflects great credit upon Colonel Bussy and Colonel Wood for their successful management. Johnston's army, when last heard from, was
ed to Shellmound, and he following close on General Wood, succeeded in crossing his command by four , troops all moved out light to Whiteside. General Wood in the advance, General Palmer centre, and ille, distant five miles from Chattanooga. General Wood I placed in command of the town. At fiftCreek, five miles from Ringgold — the rear, General Wood, on Pea Vine Creek, two miles to the rear oing communicaton with General Van Cleve and General Wood, moved the whole command to Gordon's Mills,he fight, and asking that I might move also General Wood to assist. He shortly returned with the ren I informed him that I had suggested it to General Wood. Colonel Barnes moved in the direction, andes (his other brigade having been sent with General Wood, who otherwise could not have filled the pl. At this moment I received a message from General Wood that it was useless to bring artillery intostance, but were soon and easily rallied by General Wood and Colonel Buell, and though the loss had [39 more...]
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