New York Times headlines, December 6, 1864


CINCINNATI, Monday, Dec. 5. Major Gen. STANLEY, who was wounded in the battle of Franklin, arrived here yesterday. He says the reports of the battle that have reached the public have not been exaggerated. The rebels met with their heaviest losses in attacking our trains, which were of enormous size and value, and filled the roads for twelve miles. It was not intended that Franklin should be held longer than was necessary to get our property out of the way. The rebels had been pressing us very hard from Columbia, and at one time we were in great danger. HOOD lost his opportunity by not attacking in force at Spring Hill. SCHOFIELD’s army consisted of the Fourth and Twenty-third Corps, together with a few regiments which had recently entered the service. They left Pulaski on the 23d of November, and were so closely pressed that at times it was thought the artillery wagon trains would have to be abandoned, but by good management they were all brought through safely. Gen. STANLEY has been in nearly all the battles in Tennessee and Georgia, but he says that the musketry fire at Franklin was for an hour the most intense he ever witnessed, besides this we had twenty-eight guns in action, with full sweep of the rebel columns. A dispatch to the Commercial from Nashville says Murfreesboro, Bridgeport and Chattanooga are safe. Nashville and the surrounding country for miles have been converted into huge forts. The destruction of rebel property to facilitate the defence of the city has been immense. Almost all the rich property-holders hereabouts are rebel sympathizers. The advance of the rebel army has necessitated the destruction of property. The Federal position is perfectly satisfactory.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Monday, Dec. 5. The Journal of this morning, contains the following: NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sunday, Dec. 4. Nothing of special interest has transpired to-day along the lines. Our artillery was used at different points against the rebels, who are engaged in erecting breastworks within half a mile of ours. Prisoners brought in to-day say that Brig.-Gens. GIST, STAHL, GRAMBERRY and BROWN of the rebel army were killed at Franklin, and that Gen. CHRATHAL lost every Brigadier in his corps.

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