Union soldier writes about fighting Hood in late 1864

Raleigh, North Carolina
April 20, 1865,

Nov. the 28th
We was ordered to Nashville to defend the place against Rebel [John Bell] Hood. December 1 we got there and dug trenches 2 days and 1 night.

Dec. the 4th & 5th
considerable skirmishing.

The 6 & 7
considerable firing on picket with a little fight. We lost several….

The 15th
Thomas went for them and it was a hard fight with a loss to the Rebs of 12 hundred prisoners 18 pieces of cannon 8 battle flags which we got.

The 16th
the fight gets harder our loss 1000 killed and wounded. Rebs loss 600 hundred killed & wounded. We captured 5000 prisoners 30 canon and several battle flags.

The 17th
Hood has left our front and skedaddled. Thomas after him.

The 19th we was ordered to move we marched to Murfreesboro 2 days….went 9 miles the other side of Huntsville, Alabama the track being torn up. We had to march the rest of the way.

The 27th
we crossed the Tenn. River on transports and run the rebs out of Decatur . Our cavalry captured 4 canon then we started after Hoods pontoon train but hearing that he had made a crossing below we lay at Cortland a few days.

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