tle of Farmington, Miss.
General Pope's report.
near Farmington, May 9--P. M. To Major-General Halleck:
the enemy, twenty thousand strong, drove in our pickets beyond Farmington, and advansouthward, ready to aid the pickets, gave them a warm reception, but owing to a despatch from Gen. Halleck, requesting that no general engagement should be brought on, Gen. Paine was ordered to fall bh, hold Farmington if it could be done easily, and should that prove difficult, fall back.
General Halleck had given orders to do so, and avoid bringing on any general engagement.
Nearer and neareras there were plenty of troops near, the place could have been held had such been the wish of Gen. Halleck.
All the rebels obtained was the benefit of any knowledge their reconnoissance afforded themeached the rebel position and attacked it. The reasons of the present delay are known only to Gen. Halleck.
Doubtless they are good and sufficient.
Every thing here would seem to be in readiness — t