He left at midnight on the twenty-eighth.
with nine hundred chosen horsemen, splendidly equipped for fighting or running.
The two battalions were composed of the Second Michigan and Second Iowa.
His first point, by a very circuitous route, was Iuka — a beautiful town, looking like a New-England village, containing one thousand inhabitants, and is a resort for invalids, on account of its splendid chalybeate springs.
From Iuka he crossed to Eastport and Fulton, thence by the Tuscumbia and Jacinto road to Cartersville, to Padens, and from there struck the head-waters of the Tombigbee River, and crossed to Boonville, on the Mobile Railroad.
His movements were made with such boldness and celerity, that they were supposed by the people to be rebel cavalry.
Upon approaching the place, a large train of cars containing three thousand infantry were on the track.
The Colonel wisely kept in the bushes until they moved off — only sent his men above and clipped the telegraph-wires, that tell