Wilson report, Granny White Pike, Eight Miles from Nashville, December 17, 1864-3 a. m.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Granny White Pike, Eight Miles from Nashville, December 17, 1864-3 a. m. Brigadier General W. D. WHIPPLE,
Chief of Staff:

The order of the major-general commanding, dated 9.10 p. m. yesterday, is received. I shall be compelled, in obedience thereto, to continue on this road as far as Brentwood, and probably farther. It seems to me that I shall be able to do the enemy more damage by crowding him now by the shortest roads, instead of losing any time to get to the other flank. I have already ordered Johnson to move very early by the Hillsborough pike for Franklin, and will do the best I possibly can with the balance of the force. The second copy of your dispatch is just received. I will send Croxton and Knipe direct to the Franklin pike; Hatch will strike it at Brentwood. I sent you word last night that I would try to get into Franklin with the whole force, but your dispatch does not acknowledge the receipt of my communication. I feel obliged to press toward the other flank. General Rucker who was captured last night, says Hood wold have retreated sooner, if he could. A dispatch from Hood to Chalmers says, “Time is all we want.” I infer that he expects the arrival of Forrest’s forces. The infantry ought, therefore, to crowd the enemy vigorously on the Franklin pike, and, if possible, prevent a junction of Hood and the forces now in the direction of Murfreesborough. I’ll have reveille sounded, and move forward at once.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Brevet Major-General.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

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