War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0121 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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obtain. This will be handed you by Lieutenant Kelly, with an escort of 16 men from my body guard, who also is bearer of a dispatch from Colonel Hatch.

By order of Brigadier General T. W. Sweeny, commanding:

LOUIS H. EVERTS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

LOCKHART'S MILL, October 6, 1863-12.30 a.m.

Colonel E. HATCH:

A citizen who came out of Holly Springs 3 p.m. yesterday says that Chalmers came in there just before he left, with about 2,000 men. Rebel scouts are watching us very closely. The battalion at Lamar and Early Grove joined me here yesterday p.m. I have now about 750 men. I shall send Colonel Hurst immediately with two battalions to Lamar.

L. F. McCRILLIS,

Colonel, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn., October 6, 1863.-1 p.m.

Colonel McCRILLIS,

La Fayette, Tenn.:

I am re-enforcing you with the Sixth and Seventh Illinois Cavalry.

Mass your forces and fight.

EDWARD HATCH,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn, October 6, 1863.

Brigadier General E. A. CARR,

Corinth, Miss.:

The enemy having moved on Coldwater in three columns, ne 2,000 strong is moving toward La Grange, which the others will follow. Send all the disposable cavalry down to La Grange, there to unite with Hatch and McCrillis. A brigade of infantry is now about to start for Moscow. Inform Generals Blair and Osterhaus, and if any infantry move on Corinth, you will be ready. Only four pieces of artillery are known to have crossed.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

(Copy to General Sweeny, La Grange, Tenn.)

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn., October 6, 1863.

Brigadier General E. A. CARR,

Corinth, Miss.:

Colonel McCrillis was attacked this morning by Chalmers with artillery at Lockhart's Mill, on Coldwater. Has been ordered to be re-enforced by the Seventh Illinois Cavalry. This may be a main