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73 Series I Volume XXIII-I Serial 34 - Tullahoma Campaign Part I


MARCH 4-5, 1863.-Skirmish (4th) near Franklin, Tenn., and engagement (5th) at Thompson's Station, or Spring Hill, Tenn.


Numbers 1.-Major General William S. Rosecrans, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the Cumberland.

Numbers 2.-Return of Casualties in the Union forces.

Numbers 3.-Brigadier General Charles C. Gilbert, U. S. Army, commanding at Franklin, Tenn.

Numbers 4.-Colonel Thomas J. Jordan, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry.

Numbers 5.-Brigadier General Absalom Baird, U. S. Army, commanding Third Division, Army of Kentucky.

Numbers 6.-Colonel John Coburn, Thirty-third Indiana Infantry, commanding First Brigade.

Numbers 7.-Lieutenant Hamlet B. Adams, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Numbers 8.-Lieutenant Edwin I. Bachman, Thirty-third Indiana Infantry, Acting Assistant Quartermaster.

Numbers 9.-Lieutenant Colonel James M. Henderson, Thirty-third Indiana Infantry.

Numbers 10.-Colonel John P. Baird, Eighty-fifth Indiana Infantry.

Numbers 11.-Colonel Henry C. Gilbert, Nineteenth Michigan Infantry.

Numbers 12.-Lieutenant Colonel James Pickands, One hundred and twenty-fourth Ohio Infantry.

Numbers 13.-Colonel William L. Utley, Twenty-second Wisconsin Infantry.

Numbers 14.-Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bloodgood, Twenty-second Wisconsin Infantry.

Numbers 15.-Captain Charles C. Aleshire, Eighteenth Ohio Battery.

Numbers 16.-General Joseph E. Johnston, C. S. Army.

Numbers 17.-Major General Earl Van Dorn, C. S. Army, commanding Confederate forces, with congratulatory orders of General Bragg.

Numbers 18.-Return of Casualties in the Confederate forces.

Numbers 19.-Brigadier General Nathan B. Forrest, C. S. Army, commanding Cavalry Brigade.

Numbers 20.-Brigadier General William T. Martin, C. S. Army, commanding First Division, Cavalry Corps.

Numbers 21.-Brigadier General W. H. Jackson, C. S. Army, commanding Second Division, Cavalry Corps.

Numbers 22.-Colonel J. W. Whitfield, Texas Legion, commanding Second Brigade.

Numbers 23.-Lieutenant Colonel D. W. Jones, Ninth Texas Cavalry.

Numbers 1. Reports of Major General William S. Rosecrans, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the Cumberland.

MURFREESBOROUGH, TENN., March 6, 1863-11.20 a. m.

General Gilbert was ordered to send a brigade from Franklin, to reconnoiter toward Spring Hill, in connection with a movement via Eagleville. I have received the following from General Granger:

FRANKLIN, March 5, 1863.

The expedition ordered from this point on the 3rd was, I fear, drawn into a trap while passing a defile near Thompson's Station, and some 1,800 men, have fallen into the hands of the enemy, including killed, wounded, and prisoners. I have reason to believe that the enemy has suffered severely. Van Dorn commanded. General Sheridan made a reconnaissance on the 4th to Unionville, near Duck River, and the cavalry routed two rebel camps, capturing 70 prisoners, among whom were 5 commissioned officers, 21 wagons, and a considerable quantity of camp equipage and stores. Brigadier-General Steedman, on the same day, routed a rebel force at Chapel Hill, and captured 100 prisoners. The expedition has not yet returned.


Major-General, Commanding.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief.