War of the Rebellion: Serial 010 Page 0029 Chapter XXII. OCCUPATION OF PITTSBURG LANDING, TENN.

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Railroad at a point between Corinth and Iuka. The incessant rains had so swollen the creeks on our line of march that we were compelled to make a circuit of some miles to evade the high water, swimming one, at which we came very near losing 3 men and 2 horses by drowning. At this point we lost all our picks and axes. We pushed forward, the rain falling in torrents. At 4 o'clock a.m., March 15, we reached a creek (name unknown) over which the bridge was afloat. After consultation with the officers it was decided that farther progress would endanger the command, without any possibility of executing your orders. We reached the boat at 11.30 a.m. From all the information I could obtain I am of the opinion there was no force in the vicinity of any importance.

Respectfully, yours,

E. G. RICKER,

Major, Second Battalion Fifth Regiment Ohio Cavalry.

Brigadier-General SHERMAN,

Commanding Division.

No. 3. Reports of Brig. General Daniel Ruggles, C. S. Army, of landing at Pittsburg, Tenn., with orders.

CORINTH, MISS., March 16, 1862-2 a.m.

The enemy has landed in force at Pittsburg. The scouts estimate them at 30,000.

DANIEL RUGGLES,

General, Commanding.

General A. SIDNEY JOHNSTON,

Decatur, Ala.

CORINTH, March 16, 1862-6 a.m.

The report that the enemy has landed in force at Pittsburg has been confirmed.

Hold your force, not guarding coast, bridges, and working guns, in readiness for any movement.

DANIEL RUGGLES,

Brigadier-General, C. S. Army.

Brigadier-General CHALMERS,

Iuka.

CORINTH, March 16, 1862-6 a.m.

The report that the enemy has landed in force at Pittsburg has been confirmed.

Hold yourself, Clanton's cavalry (one company excepted), and Chalmers' Mississippi regiment ready to move when ordered.

DANIEL RUGGLES,

Brigadier-General, C. S. Army.

Brig. General L. P. WALKER,

Tuscumbia.