12 wagons, and the camp and garrison equipage; also a large number of guns. He succeeded in carrying off all that was valuable, and burned the balance.
The Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry charged with the saber splendidly; they had no casualties. I advanced my division to within 3 miles of Rover while this was being done, then turned on an obscure road parallel to the Eagleville and Shelbyville pike, and a short distance from it, directing him to encamp at Eagleville to-night. Should they follow him, I will swing in on their rear. I also left one brigade at Versailles, to threaten Rover and watch the Middleton road. I heard some artillery firing in the direction of Triune to-day. I think Chapel Hill the point where the enemy have their strongest cavalry force. Minty captured 6 infantry pickets. The prisoners captured and wounded have all saber wounds.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
P. H. SHERIDAN,
Commanding Twentieth Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland.
CAMP TWO AND ONE-HALF MILES FROM EAGLEVILLE,
March 4, 1863.
GENERAL: I have the honor to inclose a note just received from Colonel Minty, which makes his success still greater than heretofore reported to you. I am in camp about 1 1/2 miles from him. He was not aware when he wrote the note that I was so near at hand. I will join him at Eagleville to-morrow morning at 4 o'clock.
I have not learned anything of General Steedman. If the artillery firing which I heard to-day was his, I may probably do some injury to the force which is resisting him. I have ordered the brigade which I left at Versailles to join me at Eagleville to-morrow morning at daybreak.
Your obedient servant,
P. H. SHERIDAN,
Commanding Twentieth Army Corps.
HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,
Camp at Eagleville, March 5, 1863.
COLONEL: I am in receipt of a dispatch from the general commanding, dated this evening.
General Steedman drove the enemy from Chapel Hill to-day. I am sorry he did not open communication with me before he went on, as I could have thrown a brigade and the cavalry to Godionville, and intercepted the force he was driving, said to be 2,500 men (cavalry). I have directed General Steedman to take position at Triune at 6 o'clock to-morrow morning, and will myself take position at the junction of the Chapel Hill pike and this pike (about 4 miles south of Triune). I can thus operate in the direction of Franklin, or in this direction, and be entirely secure if any infantry advance was made on me. This is a strong place, but there is no particular reason that it should be held.