War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0035 Chapter XXIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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with a small cavalry force at Crockett, Kenton, and Rutherford Stations, with instructions to clear the weeds off the track between the stations, and also guard every bridge and trestle-work from Big Obion to and 3 miles south of Rutherford Station.

General Mitchell has ordered me to remain at this place with the balance of my command for the present. He refused to assign the Fifteenth Wisconsin Regiment, Colonel Heg, to my brigade temporarily, as required by instructions from your headquarters at Columbus, dated June 13, 1862.

The Second Illinois Cavalry, Eighth Kansas Regiment, and Second Kansas Battery leave this a. m. from Humboldt.

I was compelled to halt for nearly three days at South Fork of Obion River in order to send some teams back to Union City for supplies.

I will send in a consolidated report of my command in a few days.

I feel it my duty, general, to inform you that the people complain bitterly of the outrages committed by a portion of General Mitchell's brigade; they are charged with jayhawking horse, negroes, &c., from Union and disloyal citizens indiscriminately.

At Union City a foraging party under command of Captain Parrott, formerly a member of Congress from Kansas, arrested Rev. Mr. Koyle, a Union citizen of that locality, and were about to rob him of his mules and buggy, when he told them that he was then in charge of a funeral. They abused him very much, called him a d-d liar and broke open the coffin, and on discovering that it contained a corpse they told Mr. Koyle to go to hell with his d-d secession corpse. Captain Parrot did all he could to restrain the fieds, but failed. He report the facts to General Mitchell, who declined to take any notice of the case. I have heard of other outrages equally atrocious perpetrated by these wretches. They ought to be punished or mustered out of the service to which they are a disgrace.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. W. DEITZLER,

Colonel First Kansas, Commanding Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

June 26, 1862.

General ASBOTH:

The general commanding directs that you send a regiment of infantry and battery of artillery on the Ripley road as far as Nolin's to support a cavalry force ordered through Ripley toward Holly Springs to threaten the flank of the enemy reported to be moving on La Grange. Should you require re-enforcements notify General Davis at Jacinto.

The regiment should be a strong one and under a capable commander, and his troops have three days' rations.

W. L. ELLIOTT.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

June 26, 1862.

General ASBOTH, Rienzi, Miss.:

The left wing of this army is ordered to proceed on the Holly Springs road via Ripley. The regiment and battery ordered from your com-