have a good many prisoners, but can't tell how many yet. Our loss is two killed and twelve wounded. John Pope, Major-General.
Secretary Scott's despatch,
Pittsburgh Landing, May 8, 9 P. M. To Hon E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War:
General Paine's division made a reconnoissance to Farmington to-day, found about four thousand five hundred of the enemy, drove them in hand — some style, killing thirty, wounding many, and capturing some prisoners, their camp equipage, etc. At dark our cah this command, or a part of it at least.
Our forces had scarcely got fairly into their new camp, midway between Hamburgh and Corinth, before an order came to reconnoitre in force the route via Farmington, to the vicinity of the rebel works.
Gens. Paine and Palmer were detailed for the work, and at ten o'clock on the third instant were on the march to accomplish it. The regiments selected were the Tenth, Sixteenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-seventh, Forty-second, and Fifty-first Illinois voluntee