HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Franklin, Tenn., December 17, 1864-1 p. m.
Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,
Chief of Staff, Department of the Cumberland:
GENERAL: The rebels are on a great skedaddle; the last of them, closely pressed by Knipe, passed through this place two hours and a half ago. I have directed Johnson to try and strike them at Spring Hill. Knipe is pressing down the Columbia pike; Hatch close on their left; Croxton I shall direct down the Lewisburg pike. The prisoners report the rebel army in a complete rout, and all the Tennesseeans are deserting. Colonel Alexander, my chief of staff, is just in from Johnson, who is well down on the Columbia pike, having struck here about the same time that Knipe did. The rebel rear guard is in position on the hills just south of here. I have everything in hand expect Croxton, and will drive at them without delay. The Harpeth is rising rapidly; all bridges down. Shove up the infantry and get up the pontoons.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. H. WILSON,
Knipe has 5 battle-flags and 300 prisoners. The rebel army seems to be down on Hood.
J. H. W.
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