that line to re-enforce Grant before Vicksburg; that the remainder are being concentrated at Memphis, Germantown, and LA Grange. It is certain, I believe, they have been concentrating their forces, as stated, and that nine transports recently passed down the river loaded with troops. It is possible that they may have been from Memphis, though I am inclined to think they are from Rosecrans' army. In any event, the fine wheat crop of this district, which is now in a condition to be most easily destroyed, offers a strong inducement to the enemy to repeat their raids. My district has been extended to the immediate vicinity of General Johnston's army, and I am expected to guard new points, with scarcely any addition to my force- that of wholly undisciplined men. General Johnston looks to this district for the greater part of his supplies, and I am compelled to guard this place in order to protect the railroad by which they can be transported to him, which leaves me but little disposable force with which to advance against the enemy, or even to assist in protecting the country in my front. If you could assure me a portion of your command (disciplined soldiers), I could make them very useful in protecting the wheat harvest, whether the enemy advances or not. If they should advance in two columns, as reported, you can render me great relief by moving so as to threaten the flanks of the column intending to flank me. I will endeavor to keep you advised of their movements if they should advance, as threatened.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[JAMES R. CHALMERS.]
Consolidated report of Federal forces on the line of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, between Memphis and Corinth.
Locality. Effect Infantry. Cavalry. Artillery.
Memphis 5,300 Four 10th Not known.
27th, 43rd and 15th
, and 63rd Illinois
Ohio, 27th regiments.
Buntyn 300 One --- None.
White's 325 One --- None.
Ridgeway's 275 One --- None.
Germantown 1,400 42nd 3rd and 9th 6-gun
Illinois Illinois battery.
Colliervil 1,100 Two Four 6-gun
le regiments companies battery.
LA Fayette 600 90th --- 2-gun
Moscow 1,700 53rd and Four 6-gun
70th Ohio, companies. battery.
LA Grange 4,000 6th and 8th 2nd Iowa 16-gun
Missouri, and parts battery.
and 6th of 6th and
Infantry, and 2nd
Grand 700 15th --- 6-gun
Junction Michigan battery
Total 15,700 Twenty-four Five full 42 pieces.
and one and parts
brigade. of five
(Number of others.
The above is as correct a statement of the forces on the above railroad as can be computed under the circumstances, and agrees with the reports of scouts, spies, and citizens.
WM. H. CARROLL, Jr.,
Captain, Commanding Escort.