War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0024 Chapter XXIX. WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

June 22, 1862.

Colonel J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Corinth, Miss.:

We have all available cavalry on our front now covering the are southwest around to east of us, more than 50 miles in extent, those toward the east being strong; none available for the are southwest toward Ripley and Kossuth.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

CORINTH, June 22, 1862.

Brigadier-General ROSECRANS:

General Nelson reports that the enemy is moving to attack him at Iuka. General Thomas immediately marches to his relief.

You will push forward a division on the Jacinto road to threaten the enemy's flank; also push forward a strong cavalry force to ascertain his position and strength on the east.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

CORINTH, June 22, 1862.

Brigadier-General ROSECRANS:

Arrange your scouts and cavalry movements as you may deem best, and entirely independent of anything that may be done from here.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

June 22, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK, Corinth, Miss.:

Your dispatch received. Davis' division has been ordered to proceed to Jacinto with instructions to look for and cover the best route to strike the Fulton and Iuka road.

A battalion of cavalry left Jacinto for Fulton at 5 o'clock yesterday morning. If the enemy are moving in force we shall hear from them to-day. Colonel Sheridan has been ordered to prepare three days' rations and be ready to move as soon as the scouts come in. Asboth is ordered to have three days' rations cooked and ready. He is some miles from Jacinto. It does not seem to me probable that the rebel main force will move on Iuka. Does he not wish to scatter us still more?

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

CORINTH, June 22, 1862.

Major General GEORGE H. THOMAS:

GENERAL: General Nelson telegraphs that the enemy is moving to attack him at Iuka. You will immediately march with your division to his relief and also the protection of the railroad beyond.