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treated in wild confusion. We followed the enemy about 1 mile, when, in wild confusion. We followed the enemy about 1 mile, when, night coming on, we were ordered back to camp.

I cannot speak too highly of the bravery displayed by Lieutenant-Colonel Smith, of the Second Michigan Cavalry, and Major E. G. Savage, of the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry. To the first is due the honor of checking a victorious enemy with a mere handful of his regiment, and to the second of leading the charge of the Ninth Pennsylvania while driving the enemy from their strong position in the woods.

In this action the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry had 2 killed and 4 wounded. In the Second Michigan there was no loss, though for more than one hour they sustained their position under a hot fire of the enemy. The First East Tennessee Cavalry had a few days before been detailed upon other duty, and was not in the action.

Respectfully submitted.


Colonel, Commanding.

[Captain JOHN PRATT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.]

Numbers 7. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Smith, Second Michigan Cavalry.


Cleveland, Tenn., March 25, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my regiment in the action of January 16, 1864:

Received orders to march to the assistance of the First Division Cavalry, Army of the Ohio. Marched on the Morristown road 5 miles, countermarched and dismounted to check the enemy, which we did; laid in line of battle until dark; returned to camp. No loss in killed, wounded, or missing.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant T. A. NICHOLS,

A. A. A. G., First Brigadier, First Div. Cav.

Numbers 8. Report of Major Edward G. Savage, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry.


Columbus, East Tenn., March 25, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: According to orders I send you the following copy of a report made by me to brigade headquarters on the 17th January, 1864:


Near Dandridge, Tenn., January 17, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: In obedience to orders received yesterday January 16, at 12.30 p.m., I marched my regiment out on the Morristown road, with Second Michigan Cavalry and one section of Captain