The command marched a distance of 350 miles, a great part of the way being over very broken and barren country affording but little forage of water. With great difficulty the animals were supplied with about three-quarters of forage, consisting principally of wheat and oats in shear. For the more minute details of the expedition I refer you to the accompanying reports of my regimental commanders.
Your attention is respectfully called to the following tabular statement of casualties and losses:
Regiments Killed Wounded Missin Killed Wounded Abandone
. . . g. . . d.
3rd Iowa 1 17 1 18 18 11
4th Iowa 1 15 1 . . 10 19
10th . . . . 1 1 4 10
Total. . 2 32 3 19 32 40
Ordnance and ordnance stores lost.
Regiments. Carbines. Pistols. Sabers. Saddles.
3rd Iowa 3 4 10 6
4th Iowa 8 4 . . 2
10th 2 4 1 1
Total. . 12 12 11 9
Regiments. Carbines. Pistols. Artillery. Miles
3rd Iowa 35,000 . . . . 400
4th Iowa 21,494 1,700 . . 375
10th 8,000 . . 20 360
Total. . 64,494 1,700 20 . .
List of killed, wounded, and missing. *
I desire the general commanding DIVISION to give much credit to Lieutenant-Colonel Noble and Major Duffield, THIRD Iowa Cavalry, Major Pierce, Fourth Iowa Cavalry, and Lieutenant A. Hodge, acting assistant adjutant-general, for their coolness and courage under fire, and for valuable aid rendered me on several occasions.
Respectfully submitted by your obedient servant,
E. F. WINSLOW,
Captain S. L. WOODWARD,
Asst. Adjt. General, Cavalry DIVISION, SIXTEENTH Army Corps.
Numbers 37. Report of Colonel John W. Noble, THIRD Iowa Cavalry.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD IOWA CAVALRY,
Memphis, Tenn., July 24, 1864.
LIEUTENANT: In pursuance of orders I have the honor to report as to the part taken and losses incurred by this regiment in the late expedition under Major General A. J. Smith: That it left this camp on the 24th of June, consisting of 374 men and 21 officers, and having four 6-mule teams loaded with forage, ammunition, and baggage.
On the 25th we reached Moscow, Tenn., and remained there until the 28th, receiving pay, procuring rations, &c.
On the 28th we moved to Saulsbury, Tenn., at which point we remained until July 5, 1864, without further incident worthy of note than an attack of the enemy upon our picket on the Ripley road, comprised of Companies D and E of this regiment, then under command of Lieutenants Niblack and Duffield. The enemy attacked with a force of over 100, and although the companies resisting did not number over FIFTY men, they advanced upon the aggressive party and compelled him to leave the field with a loss of 5 killed and wounded. Our loss, I
* Nominal list (omitted) shows 2 killed, 32 wounded, and 3 missing.