War of the Rebellion: Serial 109 Page 0114 SW. VA., KY., TENN., MISS., ALA., W. FLA., &. N. GA. Chapter LXIV.

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JULY 20-25, 1864.-Scout from Pulaski, Tenn., to Florence, Ala.

Report of Lieutenant Colonel George Spalding, Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry, commanding brigade.



Pulaski, Tenn., July 25, 1864.

I have the honor to submit the following report:

In accordance with orders from the general commanding I left camp with 500 men on the 20th instant at 1 p. m., and camped at Lwerenceburg that night. On the 21st instant I sent thirty men to Florence for the purpose of communicating with the squadron that I had sent out on the 18th instant. I also sent parties to Waynesborough, Henrysville, and up Buffalo Creek and Shoal Creek. One of the parties were fired upon by a party of guerrillas. My men attacked them, killing one. The others made their escape in the woods. One guerrilla that was captured and brought to camp I had shot in Lawrenceburg, and made the citizens bury the body. I then learned that there was a large number of rebels in Florence, and that they had attacked a squadron of my brigade. I marched for Florence, and reached it on the morning of the 23d. The rebels had all crossed the river. I sent some men down to the river to see if we could cross it. It was found unfordable, and I was compelled to allow them to cheer and yell, without being able to reach them. I found it exceedingly difficult to subsist my horses in the country. Sometimes I had to march twenty-four hours without forage.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.


Assistant Adjutant-General.


JULY 29, 1864.-Scout from Triana to Somerville, Ala.

Report of Major Alfred B. Wade Seventy-third Indiana Infantry.


Triana, Ala., July 30, 1864.

SIR: I have the honor to report that I left Tiana at 3 a. m. yesterday with a force of forty-seven men and one commissioned officer. (Surgeon Myers and Chaplain Frazier also volunteered and accompanied the expedition.) I marched to Atkins' Ferry, and by 5.30 a. m. had transferred the whole force across. Three guns were lost by the capsizing of a canoe, but were subsequently recovered by the men who were left behind for that purpose. I then marched south-southwest, and at 7 a. m. entered Somerville, the country seat of Morgan County, a distance of nine miles. Contrary to expectation, no troops were found here. Not being mounted, the scouts we encountered escaped from us and alarmed the country in advance. Hearing of a force on Flint Creek, I held the town but half an hour, and then retired via thhe Fletcher's Ferry and Decatur roads, a distance oif eleven miles and a half, and by 4.30 p. m. was in camp, having marched twenty miles and a half, crossing the Tennessee River twice, in thirteen hours and a half. Four of my men suffered somewhat from sunstroke, but not