however, remained at the Ross farm, at the request of General McCook, commanding on my immediate left, until 11 a.m. that day, when I advanced to Hoover's Mill and encamped for the night.
During the 24th and 25th it rained incessantly, rendering the dirt roads over which I was frequently obliged to travel exceedingly difficult for the passage of artillery and wagons. I, however, succeeded in bringing my train through with comparatively little damage.
On Friday, June 26, I reported, according to orders, to Major-General Rousseau, and, in conjunction with his division, effected the passage of Hoover's Gap (an official report of the action attending which I have already forwarded), and encamped that night on the south side of Scott's Branch of Garrison Creek.
On Saturday, June 27, I advanced to Manchester, via Fairfield, striking the Manchester pike at Powell's farm, and encamped there, under the direction of the major-general commanding the corps.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. M. BRANNAN,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.
Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE E. FLYNT,
Asst. Adjt. General and Chief of Staff, Fourteenth Army Corps.
CRUMPTON'S CREEK, TENN.,
June 29, 1863-9.15 a.m.
I am pressing the enemy in front and right with more than a brigade.
J. M. BRANNAN,
Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE E. FLYNT, Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS BRANNAN'S DIVISION, EAST WING,
July 1, 1863-12.45 p.m.
We took possession of Tullahoma, with my advance,at 12 m. No enemy, except a few scattering cavalry. Prisoners captured state that the enemy were 35,000 (infantry) strong, with all their cavalry and artillery-Wheeler, Wharton, and Forrest. The last of the infantry left between midnight and daylight, and their cavalry since. I believe that their rear is totally disorganized.
General Sheridan is here, and, with his cavalry and mine, will pursue the enemy immediately.
I await further instructions.
J. B. BRANNAN,
Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE E. FLYNT.
Have directed Brannan to pursue with his cavalry, and he and Reynolds to join me at Widow Hale's Mill to-morrow, unless otherwise ordered by you. I shall make my headquarters at Widow Hale's Mill to-night, where please send me further instructions.
I still recommend the arrangement suggested in my note of this morning.
I think Stanley can strike them a severe blow at or near Pelham.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. H. THOMAS,
Major-General U. S. Army, Commanding Fourteenth Army Corps.