HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Near Franklin, Tenn., December 17, 1864. (Via Pittsburg 5 p. m. 18th.) Major-General HALLECK,
Washington, D. C.:
Report just received from Major-General Wilson states that at 6 p. m. to-day he attacked and dispersed Stevenson’s division of rebel infantry and a brigade of cavalry, capturing three guns. The Fourth U. S. Cavalry and Hatch’s division of cavalry, handsomely supported by Knipe’s division of cavalry, did the work, making several beautiful charges, breaking the rebel infantry in all directions. Had it only been light the rebel rear guard would have been entirely destroyed; as it is, it has been severely punished. The whole army will continue vigorous pursuit in the morning. This attack was made six miles beyond Franklin.
GEO. H. THOMAS,
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
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