War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0148 KY., SW. VA. TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLII.

MOSCOW, October 7, 1863.

Major General S. A. HURLBUT:

Patrol from Mount Pleasant just in. Enemy divided his forces 11 miles south of La Grange last night about dark. Main force going east on Salem road. Colonel Hurst captured 1 captain and several other prisoners from rear guard.

EDWARD HATCH,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tenn., October 7, 1863.

Colonel EDWARD HATCH,

Second Iowa Cav., Comdg. Cav. Div., Moscow, Tenn.:

The enemy were heard of south of Pocahontas at 10 last night. The Ninth Illinois were sent out. Use your best discretion in following with your cavalry, and communicate with General Carr at Corinth. The Corinth cavalry are all out east and south, and consequently did not come to La Grange.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

LA GRANGE, October 7, 1863.

Colonel BINMORE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Left one regiment of infantry at Moscow and sent the other three on to Corinth.

E. HATCH,

Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Division.

CORINTH, October 7, 1863.

Major-General HURLBUT:

Memphis:

The following is contained in a dispatch from General Sherman to General Blair:

Tell Carr to prepare the railroad from Corinth toward Jackson; that I will get A. J. Smith to put a party on division from Columbus to Jackson, the people to be held pledged for the safety of the railroad. The work of the Fifteenth Army Corps and railroad operations to be on the road east of Corinth.

I shall be glad co-operate, but do not see what troops or artificers I have to repair railroad with. I do not think the inhabitants can be held responsible for road when they cannot save themselves from being conscripted.

E. A. CARR,

Brigadier-General.

CORINTH, October 7, 1863.

Major-General HURLBUT:

Seventh Kansas, 200 strong, started for La Grange at daylight-all the cavalry I had, except what was actually on picket. Third Michigan will be in to-day.

E. A. CARR,

Brigadier-General.