cently converted from State into Confederate troops.
On the 26th, by order of General S. D. Lee, Deparment Commander, Chalmers, with McCulloch's and Neely's brigades was ordered to Monte Vallo.
Alabama, to protect the iron works of that region.
orrest as a fearless fighter — composed of three regiments, under three dashing young Colonels, Duff, Bill Taylor and Alex. Chalmers — was highly complimented by Forrest for gallantry in performing this duty.
On the 9th Forrest took position with two brigades of Buford's division, Johnson's brigade of Roddy's division and Rucker's brigade of Chalmers' division, east of the Hatchie, near Rienzi, to dispute the passage of Sturgis over that river, supposing he was moving to reinforce Sherman in Georgia.
The scouts now reported Sturgis moving south towards Forrest's camp at Tupelo.
Chalmers, with two brigades, was then at Monte Valle, Alabama; Roddy, with one brigade, near Tuscumbia; Gholson, with one brigade, near Jackson, Mississippi. Gene