force behind them. I think this force is merely sent to occupy Brandon for a short time. No advance this morning, and I do not think they will advance beyond that place. I may be mistaken in this impression. They burned the court-house and jail in Brandon last night. I will call and see the general in person during the day.
Very respectfully, &c., your obedient servant,
W. H. JACKSON,
Colonel B. S. EWELL,
Numbers 77. Reports of Brigadier General George B. Cosby, C. S. Army, commanding Cavalry Brigade. HEADQUARTERS COSBY'S BRIGADE, Jackson, MISS., July 16, [1863.]
COLONEL: I have just learned that the enemy attacked my pickets at Grant's Ferry about two hours after sunrise this morning. I had a squadron at that point and the ford just below, and have sent another squadron to re-enforce it and to drive the enemy back in case they attempt to cross the river. If he should succeed
in crossing, and is supported by infantry, I will inform you as soon as I learn the fact. the ford(Moore's) is about 15 miles from here.
G. B. COSBY,
Colonel [B. S.] EWELL,
HEADQUARTERS COSBY'S BRIGADE,
Brandon, MISS., July 22, 1863.
LIEUTENANT: I send with this 35 Federal prisoners, captured to-day about 6 miles from Jackson, on lower Brandon road, by Captain [G] Herren's squadron, composed of Herren's and [W. V.] Lester's companies. First Mississippi Cavalry Regiment. The squadron had been sent out by my order on a scout.
Captain Herren killed 4 of the enemy and wounded 6, whom he brought in, besides the 35 I send to you. The wounded, being unable to travel further have been sent to hospital. Also captured 5 wagons and mules and the arms of the 41 prisoners. Only 2 of the wagons were brought off the field, the others being too much broken during the fight and consequent stampede, The only casualty on our part was 1 man wounded, and he was a scout belonging to Twenty-eighth Mississippi, who fell in with Captain Herren's party during the fight.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. B. COSBY,
Lieutenant J. H. MARTIN,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.