NY Tribune reports on battle of Franklin, Dec 2nd, 1864 – Further Facts About the Fight

THE LATE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN

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THOMAS CONCENTRATED AT NASHVILLE

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EAST TENNESSEE TO BE DEVASTATED

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Official from General Thomas’ Army, Washington , Dec 4, 1864.

The latest official information from the army of General Thomas is, that he has so concentrated the forces at the fortifications of Nashville , as to be prepared for any movement which General Hood may venture to make.

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Further Facts About the Fight

Nashville , Dec 2. 1864

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Col Emerson Opdycke

Gen. Wood succeeds Gen Stanley in command of the Fourth Corps, Gen Stanley being unable to take the field, his desperate bravery at the fight at Franklin mainly contributing to turn what threatened to be a disastrous repulse into a most glorious victory.

When part of Gen. Stanley’s command had ran away before the charge of the Rebels, he rushed to the front, had a horse shot under him and was himself wounded, yet still he led on the charge, waving his hat in the air and calling on his men to follow him.

He succeeded in rallying his faltering troops, replying seven successive charges made by the Rebels.

Col. Opdycke, of the 125th Ohio , commanding a brigade, specially distinguished himself in the engagement.

Col. Schofield, a brother to Gen. Schofield, and his chief of Artillery, distinguished himself by the admirable positions in which he placed the Artillery and the manner in which he fought.

The great importance of the victory at Franklin cannot be over estimated, as it checked Gen. Hood’s onward course, and gave the Unionists time to make due preparations to meet him.

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Generals Schofield and Stanley command Corps in full.

Nashville , Friday, Dec. 2, 1864

John Bell Hood

There has been slight skirmishing between ours and the Rebel cavalry all day.

A complete line of intrenchments encircle the city.

A portion of our cavalry force encountered the Rebel cavalry three miles from this city on the Franklin pike.

The Rebels could be plainly seen advancing toward them. Our troops then retired toward the city. Night coming on, but few occasional shots were fired.

It is rumored that Gen. Hood is endeavoring to cross the Cumberland River with a large cavalry force.

Many experienced officers predict a heavy engagement tomorrow.

Our forces occupy lines around the city, are in line-of-battle.

Three soldiers were shot and killed by the guards in the streets of the city this evening. Their names are: Arthur L. Cheasy of the Eighth Kansas; John McCartly of the Thirtieth Indiana, and Joseph Brant of the Seventh Illinois Cavalry.

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