put them to flight with severe loss.
General Force captured and destroyed his train of seven wagons, all he had with him. Our loss was three men wounded, in the Forty-fifth Illinois infantry.
Meridian was a town made up of supply and railroad depots, storehouses, hospitals, officers' quarters, etc., all of which were burned.
A large amount of shelled corn, salt, sugar, meal, bacon, and beef was found, which we either consumed or destroyed.
Detachments of the army went toward Mobile, Selma, and Columbus, Mississippi, and destroyed the track, trestle-work, bridges, and depots in all directions from Meridian.
At Enterprise, a large amount of public stores, and several large supply depots and hospital buildings were destroyed.
At Meridian, we found a large arms manufactory in successful operation, and it, with a large number of guns, was consumed by fire.
The army marched, on the twentieth, for Canton, coming on a route north of the one going out; arrived at Canton on the tw
3; alleged attempt by S. to supplant, 293-297; conspiracy to poison his mind, 293, 296, 297; dedication of the fields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, 297; plan for the capture of Macon, 299; proposal that he take the offensive against Beauregard, 311, 312, 322; supposition of his power to hold the line of the Tennessee, 311, 312, 315; opposing Hood in Tennessee, 313; smallness of his force, 314; campaign in Tennessee, 315 et seq.; extended command for, 317; to watch Hood, 317; to move toward Selma and Columbus, Miss., 317; to hold Chattanooga and Decatur, 317, 319; to assume offensive against Hood, 319-321, 325, 326; possible movement of Beauregard against, 321; official report of battle of Nashville, 327; failure to destroy Hood, 335; Sherman's knowledge of his character, 336; possibilities of his campaign in Tennessee, 338; as a decoy for Hood, 343; importance of his operations in Tennessee, 348; calmness under stress, 362; S. relinquishes command at San Francisco in favor of, 430 C