War of the Rebellion: Serial 057 Page 0117 Chapter XLIV. OPERATIONS IN NORTH ALABAMA.

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JANUARY 23-29, 1864.-Operations in North Alabama.

SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.

Jan. 25, 1864.-Skirmish at Bainbridge Ferry.

Skirmish near the Sweet Water.

Jan. 26, 1864.-Attack on Athens.

Jan. 29, 1864.-Skirmish near the Tennessee River.

Skirmish near Cobb's Mill.

REPORTS.

Numbers 1.-Brigadier General John A. Rawlins, U. S. Army, Chief of Staff, Division of the Mississippi.

Numbers 2.-Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge, U. S. Army, commanding Left Wiling, Sixteenth Army Corps.

Numbers 3.-Brigadier General Charles R. Woods, U. S. Army, commanding Firt Division, Fifteenth Army Corps.

Numbers 4.-Colonel Abram O. Miller, Seventy-second Indiana Infantry, commanding Second Cavalry Division.

Numbers 5.-Colonel Smith D. Atkins, Ninety-second Illinois Infantry, commanding Third Brigade.

Numbers 6.-Captain Matthew Ban Buskirk, Ninety-second Illinois Infantry.

Numbers 7.-Captain William McCracken, Ninety-eight Illinois Infantry.

Numbers 9.-Captain James E. Robinson, Seventy-second Indiana Infantry.

Numbers 1. Reports of Brigadier General John A. Rawlins, U. S. Army, Chief of Staff, Division of the Mississippi.

NASHVILLE, TENN., January 29, 1864.

On the morning of the 25th [26th] the enemy, 600 strong, attacked our garrison, of about 100, at Athens. After a two-hours' fight the enemy was repulsed and driven. Our loss 20; the enemy's much grated. On the 27 [25th] Colonel Miller had a severe fight on this side of Florence, repulsing the enemy. Our loss 15 killed, 25 wounded.

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

Colonel J. C. KELTON.

NASHVILLE, TENN., February 2, 1864.

General Dodge reports that on the 28th [29th] ultimo our forces, under Colonel Phillips, drove Roddey to the south side of the Tennessee River, captured all his trains, consisting of over 20 mule teams, 200 head of cattle, 600 head of sheep, and mill which had largely supplied him.

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

Colonel J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.