War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0499 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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GRENADA, MISS., August 15, 1863.

Officer Commanding Guard at Water Valley:

Send out scouts and reports by telegraph. Keep operator advised of movements of enemy.

W. A. GOODMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GRENADA, MISS., August 15, 1863.

ColonelW. F. SLEMONS,

Panola:

Enemy, 1,200 strong, at Rocky Ford at 6 p.m. yesterday. Have ordered McGuirk to watch them.

W. A. GOODMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GRENADA, MISS., August 15, 1863.

ColonelJ. McGUIRK,

Spring Dale:

Collect your men. Watch enemy at Rocky Ford. Report promptly.

W. A. GOODMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GRENADA, August 15, 1863.

Captain A. M. HOSTIN,

Commanding Company, Carrollton:

CAPTAIN: I am directed the brigadier-general commanding to say to you that he is informed that a force of the enemy's cavalry, 1,200 or 1,500 strong, left Yazoo City on yesterday morning and are moving toward Lexington and this place.

You will at once throw out scouts to observe their movements and will forward information promptly to these headquarters. You will impede their progress by destroying bridges, by firing into them and compelling them to halt to form a line of battle.

Captain Curtis,who is now here, will return to Carrollton to-night, and will co-operate with you with all the men he can collect.

Your obedient servant,

W. A. GOODMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPRING DALE, August 15, 1863.

General CHALMERS:

The enemy, 1,200 strong, at Rocky Ford yesterday evening at 6 o'clock; this is reliable. It is not known in what direction they will move. Supposed in the direction of Oxford.

JNO. McGUIRK,

Colonel, Commanding Third Regiment Cavalry.