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l^pton, connnanding the Fourth division, moved witli a suuill detatchment of iiis division hy rail from
Macon, via Atlanta, to Augusta; detatchmeiits of the Fourtii division were also spnt from Atlanta l>y
rail to Ncwinui and West Point. General Alexander's brigade of Upton's division occupied the
country from Atlanta to the Etowah, scouting well to the cast. Lieutenant Poe, of General Alexander's
staff, obtained tlie first autlicntic infornuition of Jeli'. Davis' movements about Greensboro'. General
Winsluw's Ijrigatle, of General Upton's division, guarded the line of the Ocmulgee from Atlanta to the
mouth of Yellow Iliver, looking well to the front. General Croxton, with most of General McCook's
(First) division, held the line of the Ocnuilgee from the moutli of Yellow River to Macon. On the
Oth of May he sent Lt. Col. Ilarndcn, with a detachment of the Fii-st ANIsconsin Cavalry, to the south-
east to find the trail of Davis aiul party, with instructions to follow and cai)ture them. Colonel Minty,
commanding the Second division, picketed the line of the.Ocimdgee from Macon to Hawkinsville, and
the line of the Flint from the Muscogee and Macon railroad to Albanv, and sent detachments to
Cuthlicrt and C^>lumbus. On the 7th he directed Lt. Col. Pritchard, commanding the 4th Michigan
Cavalry, to move with his regiment toward Spaulding, and if Jett". Davis and party had (-rossed the
Ocuudgce, to pursue and captiu-c them: otlierwise to picket the Ocmulgee from llawkinsville to the
mouth of the Oconee. General McCook, with five hundred men of his division, had previously gone
to Tallahassee, Florida, to receive the surrender of the rebel troops in that State. A portion of his
conunand held the line of Flint River from Albany to its mouth.

Thus General Wilson's troops occupied almost a continuous line from the Etowah River to Talla-
hassee, Florida, and the mouth of the Flint, with patrols through all of the country to the northward
and ea.stward, and small deta<'hments at the raiboad stations in the rear of the line.

In comi>liance with orders, Lt. Col. Uarnden moved from Macon with a detachment of the 1st
Wisconsin Cavalry, arriving at Dublin on the evening of the 7th. Learning that a train of light
wagons and ambulances, with a small escort, had crossed the Oconee at that point during the day, aiul
that Jeff. Davis and wife were with the train, Colonel Uarnden pushed on in pursuit to Abbeville,
where he arrived on the Oth. Davis aiul party had left that place about 1 a ni., taking the L-winvillo
road. Colonel Uarnden seiit forward his conunand in pursuit, and went in person to meet Lt. Col.
Pritchard, w^ho was ailvancing on the llawkinsville road; having informed Lt. Col. Pritchard of the
movements of Davis, he rejoined his conunand, and continued the juirsuit until 9 p m., when being
convinced that Davis and i>arty were near at hand, and fearing to attemi>t their captmv in the darkness,
lest some of flii-m might escape, he went into camp. The next morning. May 10, 1^ continued the
pursuit, and after marching about a mile, his advance guard was halted and fircil upon. ISupposing the
opposing force to be a rebel picket, he deployed his conunand and drove it back, cajituring a prisoner,
who proved to belong to Lt. Vol Pritchard's regiment. Firing then ceased. Lt. Col. Pritchard, after
parting with Colonel llarndcu, near Abbeville, had selected the best mounted men of his conunand,
ami i>u.-hing rapiilly forward by a route to tiic left of that traversed by Colonel Uarnden, had arrived
at Irwinvillc about 2 a m., and finding that Davis :md party were in camp about a mile to the north, he
sent a small disnuumted party arouiul to their rear, and surroumlcd and eai>turcd Davis and party.


The skirinish occurred between Colonel Harnden's command and the dismounted detachment
sent around to Davis' rear by Lt. Col. Pritchard. It resulted in the loss of two men killed, and one
officer wounded of the -ith Michigan Cavalry, and three men severely and several slightly wounded in
the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry.

After the capture of Da\is and party, Lt. Cols. Ilarnden and Pritcliard returned vnth their com-
mands to Macon, where the most of General Wilson's command was soon concentrated, preparatory to
being mustered out of service.

General Palmer's command was withdrawn from the line of the Coosa; tlie 15th Pennsylvania
('avalry, lOtli Michigan Cavalry, and 12th Ohio Cavalry marcliing respectively to Iluntsville, Larkins-
ville, and Stevenson, Ala.



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