Correspondence from Q. A. Gillmore to Hon. E. M. Stanton
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTH, Hilton Head, S. C., April 30, 1865. (Received 5 p. m. May 2.)
Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:
I have the honor to report that officers and scouts have arrived at Savannah, bringing the following information as to Major-General Wilson's cavalry expedition: He captured Selma, Ala., on April 2, taking 2,700 prisoners, 32 guns in position and 75 guns in the arsenal, and destroying 3 rolling-mills, large naval foundry, an arsenal, powder works, and a large number of cars. On April 12 he took Montgomery destroying mills, foundries, niter works, 5 steam-boats, and 65 cars. The rebels burned 85,000 bales of cotton before they evacuated. He took Columbus, Ga., by assault on April 16, capturing 1,200 prisoners, 53 guns, and destroying mills, foundries, commissary stores in great quantities, and a large amount of cotton. He entered Macon, Ga., on April 20, but has not yet found it necessary to destroy any property there. At this place he captured Generals Howell Cobb, Gustavus W. Smith, Robertson, Mercer, and Mackall, and over 1,000 prisoners. His command is in excellent condition and ready to move again.
Q. A. GILLMORE,
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I, Volume 47, Part III. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.