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3 Series I Volume XX-I Serial 29 - Murfreesborough Part I


January 8-14, 1863.-Wheeler's raid, including affairs at Mill Creek, Harpeth Shoals,and Ashland, Tenn.

9, 1863.-The Army of the Cumberland divided into three army corps, the Fourteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-first, under Major Generals George H. Thomas, Alexander McD. McCook, and Thomas L. Crittenden.

10, 1863.-Skirmish at Clinton, Tenn.

13-15, 1863.-Reconnaissance from Murfreesborough to Nolensville and Versailles, Tenn.

13-19, 1863.-Reconnaissance from Nashville to Harpeth River and Cumberland River Shoals, Tenn.

17, 1863,-Brigadier General D. S. Donelson, C. S. Army, assigned to command of the Department of East Tennessee, vice Brigadier-General Heth,ordered to Virginia.

19, 1863.- Skirmish near Woodbury, Tenn.

NOVEMBER 5, 1862.-Action at Nashville, Tenn.


Numbers 1.-Brigadier General James S. Negley, U. S. Army.

Numbers 2.-Colonel Robert F. Smith, Sixteenth Illinois Infantry.

Numbers 3.-General Braxton Bragg, C. S. Army, commanding Army of Tennessee.

No. 4.-Brigadier General Nathan b. Forrest, C. S. Army, commanding cavalry.

Numbers 1.

Report of Brigadier General James S. Negley, U. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES, Nashville, Tenn., November 5, 1862.

SIR; I have the honor to inclose you an official reports of small affair with the enemy to-day. I do not apprehend an attack upon Nashville in force before the arrival of the enforcements. The enemy continue to concentrate troops at Murfreesborough and toward Nashville. Their force positively exceeds 25,000, of which at least 5,000 are cavalry. They have about forty pieces of artillery, and it is now certain that a portion of Bragg's army is at Murfreesborough; but whether they will maintain a position at Murfreesborough or this side is not plainly indicated by their present operations. Their cavalry approach our lines daily, and are engaged in driving off stock and negroes. My command is in fine spirits and the transportation in excellent condition.

With assurances of high personal esteem, I am, yours, very truly,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Lieutenant-Colonel DUCAT,

Chief of Staff.


HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES FORCES, Nashville, Tenn., November 5, 1862.

SIR: This morning at 2 o'clock Forrest's (rebel) cavalry, numbering about 3,000, with four pieces of artillery, opened a sharp fire on our