The country about Middleton is generally rough, diversified with small farms and dense cedar thickets, and intersected by a labyrinth of neighborhood roads, and has been entirely exhausted of forage.
F. A. JONES,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Captain T. CLARK, Asst. Adjt. General, Second Division.
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,
March 8, 1863.
The service was handsomely performed, as is all service intrusted to the gallant Colonel Jones.
R. W. JOHNSON,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS,
March 9, 1863.
Colonel Jones a gallant and intrepid officer, and deserves promotion.
A. McD. McCOOK,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Murfreesborough, March 13, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel F. A. JONES,
Commanding First Brigade, Second Division, Twentieth Corps:
SIR: The general commanding directs me to say that he has read with great satisfaction the report of the handsome services performed by the brigade under your command, on the 6th and 7th instant. He thanks you and the troops under your command for the gallantry and spirit displayed by all concerned, and the promptness and courage which characterized all their movements on that occasion.
You will please convey to them the good opinion which the general commanding entertains of their conduct.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Numbers 3. Report of Colonel Hans C. Heg, Fifteenth Wisconsin Infantry, commanding Second Brigade.
HDQRS. 2nd BRIGADE, 1ST DIVISION, 20TH ARMY CORPS,
March 7, 1863.
SIR: I have the honor to report the following movements and transactions of this brigade during the 6th and 7th instant:Agreeably to instructions from headquarters Twentieth Army Corps, I proceeded toward Shelbyville, on the pike, at 7 a. m. on the 6th, with two days' rations and without baggage. Arriving at the Methodist