New York Times story, December 4, 1864 – Gen. Thomas

GEN. THOMAS’ ARMY.; The Situation before Nashville. NO FIGHTING UP TO YESTERDAY. Our Position Eminently Satisfactory. A REBEL RAID ON GALLATIN. Further Details of the Battle of Franklin. Desperate and Fatal Charges of the Enemy. THE LATEST FROM GEN. THOMAS. REPORTS FROM NASHVILLE. REPORTS FROM LOUISVILLE.

WASHINGTON, Saturday, Dec. 3. The latest official information from the army of Gen. THOMAS is that he has so concentrated his forces at the fortifications of Nashville as to be prepared for any movement which Gen. HOOD may venture to make.

NASHVILLE, Friday. Dec. 2. 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 hreatened 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, repelling seven successive charges made by the rebels. Col. OPDYKE, of the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Ohio, commanding a brigade, specially distinguished himself in the engagement. Col. SCHOFIELD, a brother of 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 Federals time to make due preparations to meet him. Gens. SCHOFIELD and STANLEY command corps in full. [SECOND DISPATCH.]

NASHVILLE, Friday, Dec. 2. 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 battle to-morrow. Our forces occupy lines around the city, and 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 JOS. BRUNT, of the Seventh Illinois Cavalry.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Saturday, Dec. 3. The Journal, of this city, has the following: A letter from Nashville states that on Wednesday evening. CAPTON’s brigade of cavalry, consisting of the Fourteenth Illinois, the Seventh Ohio, the Fifth Iowa, and the Eighth Michigan cavalry regiments, was surrounded by the rebels, and only escaped by the most desperate fighting. They cut their way through the rebel lines, and joined Gen. THOMAS in the rear of Franklin. The number of men made prisoners, and the loss in killed and wounded, was not light. The same evening a train of cars was captured by the rebels at Brentwood, nice miles from Nashville, on the Tennessee and Alabama Railroad. All citizens in Nashville engaged in no ostensible business have been ordered to leave the city. Six hundred and ninety-one rebel prisoners, captured by Gen. THOMAS in the battle at Franklin, arrived here last night on the train from Nashville. They will be sent forward to Camp Douglas as rapidly as possible, in order to make room in the military prisons here for further captures that may be made.

LOUSIVILLE. Ky., Saturday, Dec. 3. Yesterday the rolling stock of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was ordered hither. To-day the order was countermanded. A street rumor representing that the Federals were repulsed at Clarkesville, grew out of a dash of the rebels into Gallatin yesterday, where they captured two hundred head of beeves. Our forces are pursuing, and will probably capture the raiders.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Saturday, Dec. 3. The Journal contains the following special dispatch this afternoon: NASHVILLE, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 2. The enemy has been wary to-day, and has demonstrated with great caution against our outer-line, which is carefully constructed and extends from river to river, with a radius of two and a half miles from the capitol, on the roads south of the city. The enemy’s cavalry have been in plain view all day on the Franklin Pike. Just before dusk our cavalry pushed out toward the enemy’s line, cautioning him to retire. Afterward the rebels were reenforced. They then took up their own line at once and threw out skirmishers. Some skirmishing subsequently occurred; neither party sustaining any loss. No rebel infantry has yet been developed. Some firing occurred this afternoon on the left. Only a few shots were fired. The defences are being hourly strengthened, and no apprehensions need be felt for the safety of the city.

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