MAY 7, 1864. - Skirmishes near Florence (7th) and at Decatur (8th), Ala.
No. 1. - Brigadier General John D. Stevenson, U. S. Army.
No. 2. - Brigadier General John E. Smith, U. S. Army.
No. 1. Report of Brigadier General John D. Stevenson, U. S. Army.
DECATUR, May 8, 1864.
Colonel Rowett, Seventh Illinois, has been compelled to fall back to Florence after a sharp fight with rebels on river above - two regiments of infantry, one of cavalry. Enemy are reported on Florence side of Tennessee. The enemy made an attack on our lines this morning, using artillery; after a spirited fight they were driven off. *
JOHN D. STEVENSON,
No. 2. Report of Brigadier General John E. Smith, U. S. Army.
HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Huntsville, Ala., May 9, 1864.
GENERAL: The following dispatch has just been received from General Stevenson, Decatur:
Just received following dispatch from Colonel Rowett:
"TWO MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAWRENCEBURG,
"May 7, 1864-7 p. m. (Via Pulaski 5. 30 p. m. 8th.)
"SIR: Roddey crossed both above and below Florence this morning. His force about 5,000. I fought him two hours, but found myself nearly surrounded, and, after losing a great many men, fell back on the Rawhide road. The enemy followed as far as Rawhide, when I think they struck toward the Nashville and Decatur Railroad. I am now moving toward Lawrenceburg. I have sent to Clifton for re- enforcements. If they come to-night I shall pitch into Roddey again to-morrow. I understand a portion of the Seventeenth Army Corps is near Lawrenceburg. I have notified them that Roddey is on this side of the river, and hope they will push forward to Pulaski. "
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. E. SMITH,
Major General JAMES B. McPHERSON,
*See also Stevenson to McPherson, Vol. XXXVIII, Part IV, p. 86.