ternoon of the next day.
Colonel Karge fell back five miles to Harrisburg, and encamped with the balance of my command on the same night.
I encamped be tween Old Town creek and Tupelo.
From this point I sent the Eleventh Illinois, Lieutenant-Colonel Otto Funk, commanding, with the pioneer corps, to destroy the extensive railroad bridge over Old Town creek, and the track between that point and Tupelo.
The night was very dark and rainy, notwithstanding which Lieutenant-Colonel Funk and his cLieutenant-Colonel Funk and his command responded to my orders with alacrity, and before morning had rendered the railroad from Old Town creek to Tupelo a complete wreck.
From this point I moved my entire command south along the railroad, destroying thoroughly to a point between Egypt and Prairie station, fifty-six miles from Boonville, where it was first struck.
The enemy had concentrated a considerable force at Okolono, which, upon our approach, fell back to Egypt.
Having tapped the wire at Okolono and intercepted despa