The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 23, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 534
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534 KY., MID. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. [CHAP. xxxv.
my headquarters at Houston's Spring, on Webb's plantation, to-night.
I have not yet decided whether to send Stanley to Fairfield direct by
the way of Bellbuckle or around by Millersburg, but shall decide in
a few hours. I did not receive your order to move until 6 o'clock this
morning. We have a few prisoners. There were about 400 Confed-
erates at this p ace this morning.
Will dispatch you again soon, the moment I hear from Shelbyville.
Brig. Gen. JAMES A. GARFIELD, Chief of Staff.
SHELBYVILLE, TENN., June 27, 1863-8 p. m.
GENERAL : We occupied this place at 6 o'clock; captured three pieces
of artillery and 300 prisoners, among them 1 colonel, 1 lieutenant-colo-
nel, and a score of other officers. The Stars and Stripes floated from
many windows and house-tops, and we met a hearty welcome. Bragg
left here this morning at 6 o'clock, for Tullahoma. Cars were running
all night, removing the stores, sick, and wounded. We saved the bridge
over Duck River; intercepted the enemy at that place. Mr. Caldwell,
a Union man, reports Bragg had 27,000 at this place and Wartrace,
about 18,000 of them being at this place. Very few stores are to be
found. I move at 9 o'clock, in pursuit of their wagon train, on the
south side of Duck River. It cannot possibly be more than 9 miles dis-
tant, and the roads are very heavy. I hope to be able to destroy it.
Major- General, Commanding.
Brig. Gen. JAMES A. GARFIELD, Chief of Staff.
SHELBYVILLE, TENN., June 28, 1863-8 a. m.
GENERAL: I was much disappointed last night in not being able to
continue our pursuit of the enemy. After a long and hard march and
constant fighting yesterday afternoon, our men and horses were too ex-
hausted to move. Forrest pressed around our rear last night, moving
eastward. Had I known he was so doing, I could have thrown my force
between the retreating rebel army and his forces, but even then our
men and horses were too badly used up to insure any prospect of suc-
We have captured between 400 and 500 prisoners, and are yet bringing
them in, and [J. H.] Wiggins' battery and all of its officers and men.
Wheeler escaped only by sacrificing the Eighth Confederate Cavalry,
which, together with its colonel and other officers, fell into our hands.
Our troops behaved in the most gallant manner.
I sent you a dispatch last night, and have received no reply. I am at
a loss to know what orders to give to the cavalry, whether to remain in
this place or join you. They have no supplies nearer than Christiana.
Shall I bring up their transportation and supplies to this place, or shall
I send them across by way of Guy's Gap, Bellbuckle, and Fairfield to
Tullahoma ? The country north of Duck River is, I think, entirely clear
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Maj. Gen. W. S. ROSECuANS.
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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 23, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1889; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154602/m1/545/?q=Wiggins: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.