War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0371 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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retreat was a rout, and his command were running all day for the river, every man for himself, and hats, caps, coats, guns, and broken-down horses were strewn along the whole route.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

P. S.-We have captured and burned $52,000 worth of cotton belonging to the C. S. A.

I write this P. S. by order Brigadier-General Mitchell.

WM. H. SINCLAIR,

Assistant adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS CHIEF OF CAVALRY,

New Market, Ala., October 14, 1863-3.33 p.m.

Brigadier-General GARFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

I was on my return to Stevenson yesterday evening at Huntsville, and run across the path of Roddy with 3,000 men moving in the direction of Decherd. I immediately changed my direction and pursued him to Flint River, where I struck his rear, drove him to Buckhorn, and had a severe skirmish, and drove him back with a loss of 12 men. I am still pursuing. I am out of rations and my horses are breaking down, but will do the best I can. I am as near a dead man on horseback as you ever saw.

ROBT. B. MITCHELL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

STEVENSON, October 14, 1863.

Major FRANK S. BOND:

No occurrences have taken place on my front to-day. The stream are too much swollen to scout as far as Bellefonte.

LOUIS D. WATKINS,

Colonel, Commanding Third Brigade.

STEVENSON, October 14, 1863-7.30 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel C. GODDARD:

The following report from Howard's scouts received:

Scouting party just returned. Captured 3 prisoners on top of Raccoon Range of the Eighth Confederate Cavalry. They say their regiment, 300 strong, is stationed at Trenton, and another regiment of cavalry at Wauhatchie. No infantry near them. Left Trenton last Sunday. Don't know of any movement of their army. They were stationed, with 22 others, at the place where captured.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.