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o'clock on the night of the twenty-ninth--the columns filling all the roads leading south and west all night — the rear-guard firing the train which led to the explosions and conflagration, which gave us the first real notice that Corinth was to be evacuated.
The enemy did not relieve his pickets that morning, and many of them have been captured, who did not have the slightest intimation of their purpose.
Finding Corinth abandoned by the enemy, I ordered Gen. M. L. Smith to pursue on the Ripley road, by which it appeared they had taken the bulk of their artillery.
Capt. Hammond, my chief of staff, had been and continued with Gen. Smith's brigade, and pushed the pursuit up to the bridges and narrow causeway by which the bottom of Tuscumbia Creek is passed.
The enemy opened with canister on the small party of cavalry, and burned every bridge, leaving the woods full of straggling soldiers.
Many of these were gathered up and sent to the rear, but the main army had escaped across T