War of the Rebellion: Serial 010 Page 0647 Chapter XXII. RECONNAISSANCE TOWARDS PURDY.

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APRIL 13, 1862.-Reconnaissances on the Corinth (Miss.) and Purdy (Tenn.) Roads.

LIST OF REPORTS

No. 1.-Captain John H. Hammond, Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Army, with instructions to Major Thielemann.

No. 2.-Major Christian Thielemann, Thielemann's Battalion Illinois Cavalry.

Numbers 3.-Captain Berhold Marschner.

No. 1 Report of Captain John H. Hammond, Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH DIVISION,

April 13, 1862

SIR: I inclose herewith the report of Major Thielemann, who is an experienced officer. The cause of my sending him was that the enemy's spies or outriders had approached very close to our lines. To-night I have a special commissioned officer to go the rounds in addition to the brigade officers of the day, and have out vedettes.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. H. HAMMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Major RAWLINS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH DIVISION,

April 13, 1862.

SIR: You are hereby directed to take two companies of your cavalry and make a thorough examination of the Corinth road and the Purdy road. Notice all the indications of the presence or absence of an enemy, as horse and wagon tracks, disturbance of forage, &c. Molest no one in the pursuit of his ordinary duties of farmer or mechanic, and exercise the greatest possible caution in advancing, examining the woods on both sides of the roads. On no account engage the enemy, but obtain all the information possible as to his movements, and return to this camp and report at 4 o'clock, if circumstances permit.

By order general commanding division:

J. H. HAMMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Major THIELEMANN, Commanding Cavalry.

Numbers 2 Report of Major Christian Thielemann, Thielemann's Battalion Illinois, Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS THIELEMANN'S CAVALRY,

April 13, 1862.

In obedience to an order from General Sherman's headquarters I proceeded with my command of 45 non-commissioned officers and pri-