February 19, 1864-1 p. m.
GENERAL: The enemy are advancing on this railroad, and were burning up the road and private property, with cavalry and infantry, 2 miles above Toomsuba. They made their appearance to my pickets at 11 o'clock on the north side of the railroad from the direction of Lauderdale Depot, on the Mobile and Ohio Road. Citizens report them early this morning within 1 miles of the latter place in force.
I am, general, yours, &c.,
R. O. PERRIN,
CUBA, February 19, 1864-1 p. m.
General S. D. LEE:
GENERAL: The enemy are advancing up this railroad with cavalry and infantry, burning the railroad and private property. They appeared at my picket-post on the north side of the railroad, from the direction of Lauderdale Depot, on Mobile and Ohio Railroad, at 11 this morning. Citizens report them near that place this morning. My pickets having been forced in, I will cross the railroad at this point, as the enemy are on this side, and keep you advised. I dispatch General P. as above.
I am, general, &c.,
R. O. PERRIN,
February 19, 1864.
The enemy's cavalry (number not known) entered Aberdeen last evening, creating much consternation in the community. They have not advanced in this direction. The conclusion has not probably been as yet attained.
WEST POINT, February 19, 1864.
A gentleman who left Okolona at sundown yesterday says the enemy were still passing that point. Two regiments cavalry camped there. They report their strength to be 14,000 to 15,000 cavalry, infantry, and artillery. Don't know the man.
JAS. M. BURTON.
HEADQUARTERS FORREST'S CAVALRY DEPARTMENT,
Starkville, February 19, 1864-4 p. m.
Colonel I. HARRISON:
COLONEL: I have ordered Colonel J. E. Forrest's brigade to proceed at once to Aberdeen. You will co-operate with him, and should