The Dallas Journal, Volume 41, 1995 Page: 92
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The following report by General Ross of our movements just before and after the
battle at Franklin, Tenn., gives some idea of its activity in those last trying days:
"Headquarters Ross's Brigade, J.C.D.,
Corinth, Miss., Jan 12, 1865
"Captain: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part performed by
my brigade in the late campaign into Middle Tennessee:
"First, however, and by way of introduction, it is proper to premise that we bore a
full share in the arduous duties required of the cavalry in the Georgia campaign and
were particularly active during the operations of the army upon the enemy's line of
"October 24, In compliance with orders from the division commander I withdrew
from my position near Cave Springs, Ga., crossed the Coosa River at Gadsden the day
following, and by rapid marches arrived in front of Decatur, Ala., on the evening of
the 29th. I was here halted to observe the movements of the enemy while the army
rested at Tuscumbia. On the morning of November 8 a strong reconnoitering party,
consisting of three regiments of infantry and one of cavalry, coming out from Decatur
on the Courtland road, was promptly met and, after a sharp skirmish, driven back
with some loss. The next day, being relieved by a portion of General Roddy's
command, we retired down the valley to Town Creek and rested until the 18th, when
we were ordered across the river at Florence and, moving at once to the front of the
army, took position with the other cavalry commands on Shoal Creek.
"November 21, all things being ready for the advance, we were ordered forward,
following the rear of Armstrong's Brigade. The effective fighting strength of my
command at this time wa as follows: Third Regiment of Texas Cavalry, 218; 6th
Regiment of Texas Cavalry, 218; 9th
Regiment of Texas Cavalry, 110; 27th
Regiment of Texas Cavalry, 140-making
a total of 686. With this small force we
joined the advance into Tennessee
strong in heart and resolved to make up
in zeal and courage what was wanting
in numbers. The day after crossing
Shoal Creek General Armstrong, having
still the advance, came up with Federal
cavalry at Lawrenceburg. The fighting
was chiefly with artillery, Captain Young's battery being freely used and to good
effect. About sunset the enemy withdrew in the direction of Pulaski. Early the next
morning I was ordered to take the advance and move out on the Pulaski road. About
twelve miles from Lawrenceburg we came upon the Federal pickets and drove them
in. The 3d Texas now dismounted and with two squadrons from the 27th Texas moved
forward and attacked the enemy, forcing him from his successive positions and
following him up so vigorously as to compel the precipitate abandonment of his camps
and all his forage. The next day, having still the advance, when withn five miles of
Pulaski, we changed direction to the left, following the route taken by the enemy in
his retreat the evening before, and, arriving about noon in sight of the little village
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