idea of the faithful services of the men and officers of the brigade. For many days it rained hard, and at other times the weather has been oppressively hot. The enemy, though not strong, has been vigilant, and required constant watchfulness on our part; but all duties have been met, and the spirit of all is as good to- day for service as when we left camp. Our horses have had for the most part enough forage, and had it not been for the heat and some long marches, would have suffered little. The horses of the battery have suffered most, as the toil they have had to undergo has been greater than animals can stand, with no other forage than green corn, at this season. A tabular statement accompanies this as required. The number of miles marched direct is 215; adding the many scouts, independent expeditions, patrols, &c., not enumerated, and the command may be said to have marched at least 250 miles.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN W. NOBLE,
Lieutenant N. M. SMITH,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Second DIVISION, Cavalry Corps.
Report of casualties in men and horses in the Second Brigade on this expedition.
Regiment. Left Present Wounded Returne Miles
camp. . . d to marche
THIRD Iowa Cavalry 351 295 1 55 . . .
Fourth Iowa 553 482 . . . 71 . . .
Tenth Missouri 329 309 . . . 20 . . .
Total. 1. 233 1. 086 1 146 215
Regiment. Lost. Killed. Died. Abandon Return
ed. ed to
THIRD Iowa Cavalry 11 . . . 2 1 38
Fourth Iowa . . . 2 . . . 5 58
Tenth Missouri . . . . . . . . . 12 19
Total. 11 2 2 18 115
a James K. P. McCallum, corporal, Company E, THIRD Iowa Cavalry, wounded severely in right arm August 8.
I certify that the above report is correct.
Lieutenant and Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Second Brigade.
JOHN W. NOBLE,
Numbers 24. Report of Colonel William L. Duckworth, Seventh Tennessee (Confederate) Cavalry.
Water Valley, Miss., August 26, 1864.
CAPTAIN: On the 4th instant I moved with my command, in company with the balance of the First Brigade, First DIVISION, from Gun's Church for Pontotoc, at which place was detached and sent to the front. The balance of the month up to the 19th of the month was occupied in marching to and fro without event of importance. On