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emy's loss three times as great. Expecting to tear up the railroad on the night of the 10th.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

General S. COOPER.

MERIDIAN, October 13, 1863.

Following just received from Brigadier-General Chalmers:

BYHALIA, October 12.

Tore up railroad in four places. Attacked Collierville yesterday morning. General Sherman, with part of Smith's brigade en route for Corinth, arrived as we did. Drove the enemy into fortifications, burned camp and considerable stores, also 30 wagons-brought off 20. Took 5 colors and 104 prisoners. Our loss about 50 killed and wounded. Enemy's loss very heavy. Prisoners report General Smith and Colonel Anthony killed. Re-enforcements coming from Germantown and La Fayette, we retreated.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

General S. COOPER,

Richmond.

MERIDIAN, October 15, 1863.

Following dispatch received:

OXFORD, October 14, 1863.

Eleven regiments of cavalry with nine pieces of artillery pursued us. We skirmished with them all the way; fought them for four hours near Byhalia and again at the river, when they were repulsed, and retired after burning Wyatt. Our loss considerable; number not known on account of much straggling. Saved our train and captured property.

JAMES. R. CHALMERS,

Brigadier-General.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

General S. COOPER,

Richmond.

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Report of Colonel Benjamin S. Ewell, C. S. Army, Assistant Adjutant-General.

MERIDIAN, October 16, 1863.

General Chalmers telegraphs enemy retired, burning in every direction. One column went through Chulahoma and burned the town.

Will return to my position when ammunition arrives.

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,

Demopolis.