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The enemy for the past week have been withdrawing their forces from our right and pushing around to the left — their left now resting on the Houston street road, with their pickets on the Georgia railroad, and their right at a point about a mile west of the green's ferry or Sandtown road, Legan's — who takes McPherson's place — headquarters being at the Half House, distant about six miles from the city Yesterday afternoon an attack was made upon the line of works held by Cleburne's and Bate's skirmishers by a heavy force of the enemy. The action lasted about one hour, and raged quite A small portion of the line was carried by the enemy, although the main body was repulsed, but our forces were speedily reinforced, the enemy driven from the works with considerable loss, and our lines re-established as before; heavy skirmishing and cannonading continued until about ten o'clock last night, when a determined assault was made upon our skirmish lines, extending from the centre to the<
Atlanta, except upon an order from headquarters, has been prohibited. The Appeal, upon information derived from an engineer, scouts the idea that Sherman is endeavoring to mine one of the prominent works of defence at the outer end of Marietta street. The distance between the lines is eight hundred yards, and it would take months to perform the work of burrowing thus far. Brigadier-General John C. Brown, of Tennessee, has been promoted to a major-generalship and gned to the veteran division of Bate. Lieutenant-Colonel James Kinard, Confederate States Artillery, late chief of ordnance for the Army of Mississippi, has been promoted to that position for the Army of Tennessee, and Colonel Frank Beckham to that of chief of artillery, that position having become vacant by the assignment of Brigadier-General Shoupe as chief of staff. Colonel Beckham is well known to the Army of Northern Virginia as founder of the famous light horse artillery, under the lamented J. E. B. Sturt.
wd began to disperse, when some of the soldiers fore down the speakers' stand, and, placing the boards around the McClellan pole, set fire to them. The pole did not burn very fast, and was finally chapped down with axes. Forrest's victories in the Southwest. A telegram from Louisville, dated the 25th, gives the following intelligence from General Forrest's movements in the Southwest; On Friday, part of Forrest's forces, about four thousand strong, crossed the Tennessee river at Bate's landing, in Perry county, Tennessee, His whole force is estimated to be eight thousand men, with ten guns. Colonels Campbell and Jarrison, at Athens, Georgia, were attacked by a large force of rebels, and, after a severe fight of two home' duration, were forced to surrender. Several buildings, including the depot, were set on fire. Forrest in person was in Athens at two o'clock yesterday afternoon. A detachment of three hundred men, sent from Decatur to reinforce the garri
Harris, of Tennessee. A party just out from Atlanta — at least he left that city on the 28th ultimo--reports that the impression seemed to prevail in military circles that Hood's flank movement consisted of only a portion of our main army, and that the larger portion was still between Atlanta and Macon, under Beauregard. This may account for their apparent apathy concerning Hood's movement; thinking, perhaps, they could send out and "gobble him" up whenever it suited them. Major-General Bate, of Tennessee, who was severely wounded before Atlanta, passed through here to-day, en route to take charge of his old command, which has temporarily been under the command of General John C. Brown. Hardee's corps crossed the Chattahoochee at Grave's ferry, and are now far advanced. As the army moves on it increases in strength. Men who straggled when the army retreated to Atlanta, and who were left in the enemy's lines, are now coming back to their comrades, rallying around the
oth dead, was arrested, taken to Gallatin and confined in jail for some weeks. He was then taken out some four or five miles from town, near to Mr. Thomas Barry's house, shot by the soldiers, and left unburied.--The persons above mentioned were all killed without any trial or investigation whatever. The case of Alfred Dalton, who was murdered near Hartsville in February, 1864, was heart-rending indeed. He had belonged to the Second Tennessee (rebel) regiment, originally commanded by Colonel Bate. He came home in the fall of 1863; and but a short time before he was shot, went to Nashville and took the amnesty oath, and had the same in his hand at the time General Paine ordered him out of the road to be shot. He believed that, under the proclamation of the President, he had forgiveness for past offences as a soldier, and was conducting himself as a quiet citizen. The particulars of his case are these: Mrs. Vance had been killed the night before in an attack upon her husband, Jos
he Yankees are supplying the omission by wonderful stories of what damage they have done him. They put his loss at eighteen general officers, fifty-one cannon and seventeen thousand men. The Yankee loss is fixed at seven thousand men and two general officers. A telegram gives some more of the same sort of stuff: Frank Cheatham told his aunt, Miss. Rage, that Hood was ordered to Nashville against his own wishes; but he lames Hood for not attacking Schofield at Spring Hill. Hood ordered Bate to attack at Spring Hill, and he did not do it. The rebel army is now beyond Columbia. During the rebel tarry in front of Nashville they captured but two locomotives and ten cars. The railroad is but little impaired, and trains are running up to Spring Hill; but two small bridges destroyed. Trains were to run to Murfreesboro' on Sunday. Telegraph communication is all right with all points; but two small trestles are destroyed on the Johnsonville road. Johnsonville itself was not
se papers indicate that he will soon cross the Savannah river and march up the Charleston and Savannah railroad towards. Branch river and Charleston. We believe this will be the route taken by him, and shall not be surprised to learn at any moment that he is on the march. From General Hood. There are, as yet, no official dispatches from General Hood. Persons who left Huntsville on the 21st ultimo report that when Hood was on the eve of withdrawing from the neighborhood of Nashville, he was attacked by the enemy, who missed on his centre and broke through Cheatham's and Bate's divisions. That on Tuesday, the 20th of December, there was another battle, in which the enemy were whipped, and lost an entire brigade. That about the same time Forrest captured a brigade of cavalry and six hundred wagons. The same authority reports the population of North Alabama and Middle Tennessee as thoroughly aroused — every man and boy capable of bearing arms hurrying to join Hood's army.
The Daily Dispatch: January 13, 1865., [Electronic resource], The battle of Franklin--an Authentic Description. (search)
ramparts. Gist, previously wounded in the leg, had refused to leave the field, limping along on foot, cheering his men, finally received a ball through the breast, that took away his precious life; while Brown, Manigault, Johnson, Strahl, and scores of field and staff officers, who had exposed themselves at the head of their troops, were either killed or wounded.--Still our men faltered not. Dashing on, they reached the second line. The Federal were stubborn. On the right they had charged Bate's division and gained a momentary advantage; but recovering that gallant officer was again at the front, and, with his brave Tennesseans, doing splendid service. "For a time the Yankees held their breastworks, and the fighting was hand-to-hand between those in the ditch on the outside and those behind the entrenchments. But the struggle was not long, and again the foe was flying across the field. It was night, however, and the difficulties of continuing the battle so great, that at 2 o
Forrest's indomitable energy. --Maney's division, formerly Cheatham's, was sent to Forrest, we are told, to replace Bate's division at Murfreesboro'. When Hood fell back from Nashville, the troops at Murfreesboro' were in great danger of being cut off; but Forrest, with that indomitable energy which is characteristic of the man, passed everything ridable within his reach, and brought off safely his own and Maney's commands, and joined Hood's army at Columbia. The majority of Maney's men were riding behind Forrest's bold troopers — some rode mules and many oxen. It was said to have been a most ludicrous cavalcade as it marched through Columbia. Nobody else save Forrest could have saved the men in that expeditious style.
The Daily Dispatch: January 28, 1865., [Electronic resource], Whipped and demoralized, but not scattered. (search)
Whipped and demoralized, but not scattered. --A soldier of Bate's division, after the command had ran two days from Nashville, had thrown away his gun and accoutrements, and, alone in the woods, sat down and commenced thinking — the first chance he had for such a thing. Rolling up his sleeves and looking at his legs and general physique, he thus gave vent to his "phelings;" "I am whipped, badly whipped, and somewhat demoralized; but no man can say I am scattered."
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