Corinth, June 1, 1862. To Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War:
the following despatch has been received from Gen. Pope to Major-Gen. Halleck:
It gives me pleasure to report the brilliant success of the expedition sent out on the twenty-eighth inst., under Col. Elliott, with the Second Iowa cavalry.
After forced marches, day and night, through a very difficult country, and obstructed by the enemy, he finally succeeded in reaching the Mobile and Ohio Railroad at Boonesville, Miss., ateminently successful, and he returned to us last night without losing a single man. It will almost read like a fable, but the history I give you is true, as taken from his report, and the officers who were with him. He left at midnight on the twenty-eighth.
with nine hundred chosen horsemen, splendidly equipped for fighting or running.
The two battalions were composed of the Second Michigan and Second Iowa.
His first point, by a very circuitous route, was Iuka — a beautiful town, looking lik