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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 20, Part 1 (Murfreesborough)
Page 983 Chapter XXXII. WHEELER'S RAID, ETC.

NASHVILLE, January 13, 1863.

GENERAL: Charter was loaded principally with commissary stores. She was 5 miles this side of the shoals, near Ashland. Ewing's brigade has not arrived. The last of Harlan's brigade just arrived. There is "something rotten in Denmark" with the management of the railroad. Harlan's brigade is moving out on the Charlotte pike

to-night. General Fry is here, and will go out in the morning. Stanley says the enemy have two full batteries and 4,500 men.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Genera ROSECRANS.

NASHVILLE, January 13, 1863.

GENERAL: The rebels are burning everything on the river. There are at least four more freight boats destroyed, and the Sidell taken and burned.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General.

General ROSECRANS.

NASHVILLE, January 14, 1863.

GENERAL: One of the gunners of the gunboat Sidell has arrived, and confirms, the report of the burning of the boat. He says the pilot left the wheel, which was the cause of the disaster. He furthermore says that they knocked out the side of the boat next the enemy with their own guns, endeavoring to elevate their pieces to reach the enemy on the nigh bank. Van Dorn is a prisoner; the balance were paroled by Wheeler.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General.

General ROSECRANS.


No. 5. Reports of General Braxton Bragg, C. S. Army,

TULLAHOMA, January 17, 1863.

General [Joseph] Wheeler, with a portion of his cavalry brigade, after burning the railroad bridges in the enemy's rear, pushed for the Cumberland River, where he intercepted and captured four large transports; destroyed three, with all the supplies, and bonded one to carry off the 400 paroled prisoners. He was hotly pursued by a gunboat, which he attacked and captured, and destroyed her with her whole armament. I ask his promotion as a just reward to distinguished merit.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL.

TULLAHOMA, January 21, 1863.

After the capture of transports and gunboat, our cavalry made a dash for a large of transports just below Harpeth Shoals. They threw overboard their cargoes of subsistence, ordnance, and quartermaster's


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