War of the Rebellion: Serial 021 Page 0962 W. FLA., S. ALA., S. MISS., LA., TEX., N. MEX. Chapter XXVII.

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MISSISSIPPI RIVER, January 27, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to submit to you the following reports: Yesterday the Yankees landed a small foraging force from two transports on this side, and had collected about 5,000 bushels of corn at Mrs. Barrow's place, 1 mile above Baton Rouge. They succeed in moving only a small portion of it on board their boats by night, leaving the remainder, the amount above specified, on shore without a guard. The young men of the Signal Corps, W. C. Miller, D. M. Bedford, Edward B. Roberts, John Ducker, and J. B. Holden, assisted by two young men citizens of the vicinity, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Clar, conceived the project of destroying it, provided I gave them the authority to do so. I consented, upon the belief that I would be doing our Government a service by cutting off their supplies, especially in corn, as it would in crease their difficulties in maintaining a large force of cavalry either on this or the other side. Major Beard, commanding a battalion of infantry of General Sibley's command, also gave his consent.

The young men above mentioned proceeded to the place about 10 o'clock and without any difficulty succeed in setting fire to the corn, completely destroying it in less than two hours.

The Yankees came up after the sheds and cribs containing it were in full blaze and attempted to save them, but were too late; and after some ineffectual efforts retired to their boats.

I hope I have done right in this matter; and, if so, I will destroy any other they may attempt to remove, if unattended by any serious difficulty.

There is no doubt now that the river will be over the bank in a day or two, as the levee is entirely washed away at Captain Chinn's place and the water beginning to run over now. The crevasse will separate two of my signal posts and cut the cavalry off from us entirely. The greases difficulty, however, will be in the inundation of the railroad, preventing any co-operation of General Sibley's forces with yours, besides the cutting off this section of country for foraging purpose from General Sibley. I believe 1,000 men, with the proper implements, could mend the levee in a day or two so as to save the country. I do not offer this as a suggestion, but only state it as a fact.

I will of course do the best I can and remain as long as possible I will soon have the line complete to Rosedale. The rise in the river will be the only difficulty in the way.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain, Commanding Signal Corps.


Richmond, Va., January 28, 1863.

Major General RICHARD TAYLOR, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The President has been informed that in a raid made by the United States troops from Omega to Dallas and from thence to Delhi much loss has been suffered by the inhabitants; that the raid upon Delhi was executed by a single squadron of cavalry of some 40 or 42 persons. This body of men remained in Delhi for several hours, committing many outrages, and some became intoxicated, but they all returned to Dallas and the whole command to the Mississippi River without suffering the loss of a man. This lamentable history is accom-