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Numbers 2. Report of Major Mindret Wemple, Fourth Illinois Cavalry.

HDQRS. FOURTH Illinois CAVALRY VOLUNTEERS,

Natchez, Miss., September 23, 1864.

SIR: In obedience to orders I took command of detachments of Fourth Illinois Cavalry Twenty-eighth Illinois Infantry, Twenty- ninth Illinois Infantry, Sixth U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery, and Seventy-first U. S. Colored Infantry, on the morning of the 22nd instant, and proceeded to the plantation of Mr. A. K. Farrar. I placed all the infantry and the detachment from the Sixth U. S. Heavy Artillery in quartermaster's wagons, which enabled me to arrive at Farrar's at 11 a. m. I loaded 51 wagons with corn and cotton, brought in 47 bales of cotton and 143 head of cattle. The enemy engaged our rear guard soon after leaving Farrar's and kept up a lively skirmish for six miles. I had not one hurt. One man of the enemy was shot from his horse, supposed to have been killed. Returned to Natchez last night at 11 o'clock.

Very respectfully,

M. WEMPLE,

Major, Commanding Fourth Illinois Cavalry.

Lieutenant C. B. SMITH, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 17, 1864. - Raids from Kentucky and East Tennessee into Southwestern Virginia.

SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.

September 28, 1864. - Skirmish near Rheatown, Tenn.

29, 1864. - Skirmish at Jonesborough, Tenn.

Skirmish at the Watauga River, Tenn.

September 30-October 1, 1864. - Skirmishes at Carter's Station, Tenn.

October 1, 1864. - Skirmishes at Clinch Mountain and Laurel Creek Gap, Tenn.

2, 1864. - Action at Saltville, Va.

6, 1864. - Skirmish at Kingsport, Tenn.

8, 1864. - Skirmish at Rogersville, Tenn.

12, 1864. - Skirmish at Greeneville, Tenn.

REPORTS, ETC. *

Numbers 1. - Bvt. Major General Stephen G. Burbridge, U. S. Army, commanding District of Kentucky, of skirmishers at Clinch Mountain and Laurel Creek Gap and action at Saltville.

Numbers 2. - Surg. James G. Hatchitt, U. S. Army, Surgeon in Chief, First DIVISION, District of Kentucky, of the killed, wounded, and missing in the action at Saltville.

Numbers 3. - Surg. William H. Gardner, Thirtieth Kentucky Infantry, of the shooting of Union prisoners.

Numbers 4. - Itinerary of the First DIVISION, District of Kentucky, commanded by Brigadier General Nathaniel C. McLean, U. S. Army.

Numbers 5. - Itinerary of the Fourth Brigade, commanded by Colonel Robert W. Ratliff Twelfth Ohio Cavalry.

Numbers 6. - Colonel James S. Brisbin, Fifth U. S. Colored Cavalry, of the part taken by a detachment of the Fifth U. S. Colored Cavalry, under the command of Colonel James F. Wade, Sixth U. S. Colored Cavalry, at Saltville.

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*See also Grant's report, Vol. XXXVIII, Part I, p. 27.

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