War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0291 Chapter XXXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 10, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel John A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Milliken's Bend, La.:

SIR: I received, by Colonel [John] Riggin [jr.], on Friday, at 7 p. m., orders for five regiments to be sent to Milliken's Bend. They were on the boats before 10 p. m. on Saturday. I also received orders for movement of the Fourth DIVISION. They are ready, and await transportation. To supply the vacuum at Memphis, I have ordered down two regiments from Columbus, now on their way, and a few from Corinth, which will be here to-day or to-morrow.

As I have a very strong interest in my old DIVISION, and know their preference, I respectfully ask of the major general commanding to attach them to General Sherman's corps, as they and I have the fullest confidence and largest acquaintance with him and his command. I send them with their entire regimental and DIVISION train, as I suppose they will be needed for public service.

I inclose copy of dispatch from Dodge as to the doings of his cavalry near Okolona. Hatch had been down in that neighborhood three days before, and I think I shall keep up a succession of cavalry movements in that corner of the State until I hear from Streight's expedition, about which I am anxious.

I hope you will be able to send this DIVISION back across the country from Vicksburg. I hope they are not to be permanently separated from this command.

Your obedient servant,



CORINTH, may 9, 1863.

Major-General OGLESBY, Jackson:

Cavalry have returned. They fought at Tupelo Wednesday, and whipped Generals Ruggles and Gholson badly. Captured 81 prisoners of war, representing ten regiments and battalions; captured 150 horses and any quantity of shot-guns, rifles,&c. General Chalmers was at Pontotoc with 2,500 men, but did not get into the fight. One brigade of infantry (Arkansas) came to Okolona on Saturday and Sunday by cars; also one regiment of cavalry. The SECOND Alabama arrived there from Pensacola. They profess to be able to throw troops enough into the place to stop us in twenty-four hours. The cars run to Okolona. A flag of truce came in from Major-General [S. J.] Gholson in relation to the prisoners. It was of no great importance. The officer says we cut them up badly.


(Same, Oglesby to Binmore.)

JACKSON, May 10, 1863.

Lieutenant-Colonel BINMORE, Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

Dodge says with the 40 cars at Corinth to-day and the 12 sent down to-night, he will get off only half of Fuller's brigade. We have no more railroad transportation to send him.

Dodge says scout in from Alabama to-day [says] that two regiments of Forrest's command passed through Burleson two days ago, going to Tupelo.