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October 12. Jefferson Davis, accompanied by General Bragg and staff, visited the battle-field of Chickamauga. He complimented the General in the highest terms, remarking that his soldiers were entitled to the gratitude of the country for their heroism, and promising them that the green fields of Tennessee would shortly again be theirs. --the Union cavalry, under Colonel Hatch, in pursuit of the rebels, who were retreating from the battle-field of Colliersville, overtook them at Ingham's Mills, a point on Coldwater River, three miles from Byhalia, Miss. The rebels were posted in a strong position, but were compelled to retreat after a fight of two hours, with a loss of over fifty in killed and wounded.
October 13. A fight took place at Wyatts, a town on the Tallahatchie River, Miss., between a party of rebels retreating from Colliersville, Tenn., and the National cavalry under Colonel Hatch. The place had previously been fortified and was surrounded by a deep trench. By the aid of pontoon-bridges the rebels had succeeded in crossing their horses and stores, so that their whole force was rendered available for repelling the Union troops. They had upward of three thousand men, with nine pieces of artillery, and were sheltered by the log-houses of which the town was composed; the Union force was less than two thousand five hundred, with eight pieces of artillery. The fight commenced at three o'clock in the afternoon, by the enemy attempting to force back the Union left. In this they failed. They next massed their forces to break the centre, but were driven back. Slowly Colonel Hatch advanced his line, driving the enemy back step by step. Thus the afternoon wore away, till
October 25. Colliersville, Tenn., was again attacked by the rebels, who were repulsed and driven off.--one hundred and fifty armed guerrillas crossed White River, Ark., going north to operate against steamers at Council Bend.--the battle of Pine Bluff, Ark., was fought this day.--(Doc. 207.)
sioners, not exceeding twenty acres for each head of a family. The description of the land, when located, to be accompanied by the deposit of the Government price, about one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre. Major--General Granger reported, from Nashville, Tennessee, that he sent a detachment of cavalry from that place, under Colonel Shelby, to pursue Hawkins and other guerrillas. He overtook Hawkins near Piney Factory, and routed and pursued him to Centreville, where he made a stand; routed him again, and pursued him until his forces dispersed. The rebel loss was fifteen or twenty killed, and sixty-six prisoners. The Union loss was slight.--General Thomas's Report. The battle of Bayou Grand Coteau, La., also known as the battle of Bayou Bourbeaux, was fought this day.--(Doc. 7.) Colliersville, Tenn., was attacked by a body of rebels, belonging to the command of General Chalmers, who was repulsed with some loss, by the Nationals, under the command of Colonel Hatch.
Doc. 194.-the battle of Colliersville, Tenn. Headquarters C. B. Dept., Thirty-Ninth O. V, I., Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 14. Last Sunday General. He told us that General Sherman had been attacked at Colliersville with artillery by a superior force, and had telegraphed for a sroceed cautiously, as the enemy were known to be between us and Colliersville, then only nine miles distant, continued on our way. After gens, who said that the rebels had left. Two miles this side of Colliersville we came to the first obstruction, a large culvert that had been way. This quite took with the men, and they cheered him. At Colliersville he ordered me to report in person to General Sherman, and recein o'clock in the morning had the road again in running order to Colliersville. General Sherman told us that we had done so well, that he noworking order the rest of the way to Corinth. On my return to Colliersville, General Sherman proceeded with his train on his way to Corinth
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
search of supplies. The repulse of McPherson emboldened him, and early in December, under cover of demonstrations at Colliersville, and other places between Corinth and Memphis, by other detachments, he dashed through the line near Salisbury, east with a large drove of cattle and other plunder, and nearly all fresh horses, and escaped under cover of an attack on Colliersville, by General Richardson. This attack misled Grierson, who was waiting and watching for Forrest at La Grange; and the d under his command. These troops were called in from Middle Tennessee and Northern Mississippi, and concentrated at Colliersville, twenty-four miles east of Memphis. Smith was ordered to be at Meridian on the 10th of February, but for some reason he did not leave Colliersville until the 11th, when he pushed across the country as rapidly as possible, crossed the Tallahatchie River at New Albany without opposition, and moved on to Okolona, on the Mobile and Ohio railway. Then they pressed s
eading to Pineville are guarded; that your positions are arranged so that no detachment can be surprised and cut off. Communicate with me frequently and keep me advised of everything of interest; also inform me in regard to all roads in your vicinity. Send an intelligent officer out to examine and make sketch of country. Respectfully, general, your obedient servant, Earl Van Dorn, Major-General. Grenada Miss, June 8, 1862. General Beauregard: General Villepigue is reported at Colliersville. I shall send for him immediately. The removal of public stores and sick will be properly attended to. Daniel Ruggles. Knoxville, Tenn., June 8, 1862. Brig. Gen. S. M. Barton, Fourth Brigade: General : I inclose a letter Not found. addressed to the chief quartermaster by the president of the railroad, from which you will see that it is impossible to provide transportation for your command from the terminus of the Kentucky Railroad, as was expected. It is very important that y
superior force, comprising Loring's division and other forces hurried down from Grenada and up from points so distant as Mobile ; when he retreated without a battle, via Clinton, to Vicksburg. Oct. 21. Under cover of demonstrations at Colliersville and other points by Chalmers, Lee, and Richardson, against our lines covering the Memphis and Charleston railroad, Forrest, rest, with 4,000 mounted men, slipped through Early in December. them near Salisbury, and advanced to Jackson, West Lafayette; and it was for that bridge that Forrest, accordingly, struck ; crossing over his army and his plunder , including a large drove of cattle, and pushing rapidly southward. This movement was covered by a fresh feint by Richardson on Colliersville; so that Gen. Grierson, who was watching for Forrest at Lagrange, was misled ; and, when the pursuit was actually commenced, the scent was too cold. Grierson followed to Holly Springs, and then desisted; Forrest getting safely away with more
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
oops from Coldwater, after a slight skirmish, and that on the 8th he had encountered a body of two thousand with six field-pieces, at Salem, and routed it after an engagement of three hours. His loss was three killed and forty-seven wounded. Ten of the enemy were killed, but the number of their wounded could not b1e ascertained. On the 12th, at Byhalia, he reported that, after tearing up the rails of the Memphis & Charleston road in four places, he had attacked the Federal forces at Colliersville in their camp, driven them into their intrenchments, burned the camp and a quantity of military property, including thirty wagons, brought off a hundred and four prisoners, five colors, and about twenty wagons. He did not learn the enemy's loss in killed and wounded. His own was fifty. On the approach of fresh Federal troops from Lafayette and Germantown, he retreated to Byhalia. On the 14th, at Oxford, he reported that eleven regiments of cavalry had followed him to Byhalia and a
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 15 (search)
a few officers going forward to join their commands, among them Brigadier-General Hugh Ewing, I started for Corinth. At Germantown, eight miles, we passed Corse's division (Fourth) on the march, and about noon the train ran by the depot at Colliersville, twenty-six miles out. I was in the rear car with my staff, dozing, but observed the train slacking speed and stopping about half a mile beyond the depot. I noticed some soldiers running to and fro, got out at the end of the car, and soon Corails. Soon they opened on us with artillery (of which we had none), and their men were dismounting and preparing to assault. To the south of us was an extensive cornfield, with the corn still standing, and on the other side was the town of Colliersville. All the houses near, that could give shelter to the enemy, were ordered to be set on fire, and the men were instructed to keep well under cover and to reserve their fire for the assault, which seemed inevitable. A long line of rebel skirmi
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