HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Near Franklin, December 17, 1864. Brigadier General R. S. GRANGER,
The major-general commanding directs that you immediately reoccupy the railroad as far as Decatur, throwing supplies into Decatur by means of steam-boats. The rebel army is in full retreat down the Columbia pike, much demoralized. We have captured Ned Johnson’s entire division, including himself, also Bate’s division, and broken up Stevenson’s division.
WM. D. WHIPPLE,
Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.
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