d our journey next day, reaching Corinth at night.
I immediately ordered General Blair forward to Iuka with the First division, and as fast as I got troops up pushed them forward of Bear Creek, the bridge of which was completely destroyed, and an engineer regiment, under command of Colonel Flad, engaged in its repair.
Quite a considerable force of the enemy was in our front, near Tuscumbia, to resist our advance.
It was commanded by General Stephen D. Lee, and composed of Roddy's and Furgeson's brigades, with irregular cavalry, amounting in the aggregate to about five thousand.
In person I moved from Corinth to Burnsville on the eighteenth, and to Iuka on the nineteenth of October.
Osterihau's division was in the advance, constantly skirmishing with the enemy.
It was supported by Morgan L. Smith, both divisions under the general command of Major-General Blair.
John E. Smith's division covered the working party engaged in rebuilding the railroad.