The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 31, In Three Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 546
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KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. [CHAP. XLIII.
On November 29, these two brigades recrossed the river, and by a
forced march, made by order of Lieutenant-General Longstreet, I
moved with part of my force toward Tazewell to meet a supposed
advance of the enemy from that direction.
Reaching the vicinity of Maynardville in the afternoon of the
30th, I found General Jones' division skirmishing with the enemy.
It was too late to attack. General Armstrong, with his division,
was sent around to the right to reach the rear of the enemy before
daylight. The remainder of my force moved at daylight on May-
nardville, but the enemy had rapidly retreated soon after daylight,
leaving a small picket, which was captured, Being joined by Gen-
eral Armstrong, his division was pushed toward Clinch River, while
General Jones' command was sent to the right to endeavor to effect
a lodgment between tte enemy and the river. A force of the enemy
prevented his success. General Armstrong pushed the enemy in
frbnt, and finally he was driven across the river, after being pur-
sued for some miles through difficult gorges, made more difficult by
a frozen stream.
I returned to Knoxville in obedience to orders, reaching there De-
cember 2. The army on the second night afterward, the siege of
Knoxville being raised, commenced its retreat toward Rogersville.
General Morgan's division followed, covering the rear of General
McLaws' division on the south side of the Holston. General Arm-
strong's division performed the same service on the Knoxville and
river roads. The infantry and artillery having passed Bean's Sta-
tion, I was ordered to move to the south side of the Holston and
cover the railroad and left flank.
On December 10, a brigade of the enemy's cavalry attacked Gen-
eral Morgan's division at Russellville, while the greater portion of
it was foraging. The enemy was handsomely repulsed by one-third
qf its number, leaving dead, wounded, and prisoners in our hands.
In this affair the First and Sixth Georgia and Third Alabama
Regiments were conspicuous for gallantry. Colonel Crews deserves
mention for his skill and bravery on this occasion.
Lieutenant-General Longstreet having turned upon the enemy
and attacked him at Bean's Station, I was ordered to cross the river
and operate in his rear. While engaged in this movement, in order
to cross the river it became necessary to dislodge the brigade of cav-
alry guarding May's Ford. This was done by a rapid fire of artillery
from White's and Wiggins' batteries, of Morgan's division. The
enemy lost 60 killed and wounded here.
Early next morning the enemy's pickets were driven in, and be-
fore I had entirely effected a crossing I was ordered to move upon
the enemy's flank on the Knoxville road, 4 miles from Bean's Sta-
tion. This was done immediately, and a high hill gained, from
which my artillery could enfilade the enemy's breastworks. With
great labor the guns were placed in position and rapidly and effect-
In the meantime, Morgan's division was dismounted and moved
upon the enemy's flank. My guns were in sight of, and only 400 or
500 yards from, our infantry skirmishers, who it was expected would
attack in front. My fire was continued for 1i hours, and the enemy
* began to retire, but was able to detach a large force to hold my men
in check, as he was not pressed in front. With concert of action
great damage could have been done the enemy on this day. Colonel
Giltner, with his cavalry brigade, was on the side of Clinch Mount-
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 31, In Three Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1890; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152578/m1/559/?q=Wiggins: accessed November 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.