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y two regiments under Colonel Johnson, and the Second and Sixth Mississippi, of African descent, as a garrison. But hardly had the forces been disposed off by the Colonel, so as to meet any probable contingency, or the last echoes of the steamer bearing off General Crocker fairly died away, when the first mutterings of a coming storm aroused us from our fancied security. A couple of scouts, captured by Colonel Farrar, Thirtieth Missouri, told of a secret expedition then on the move from Clinton, in a southerly direction. Three days after, General Wirt Adams, with a cavalry command of two thousand five hundred men and ten pieces of artillery, passed through Washington, seven miles out, moving to the south of Natchez, as was reported. Colonel Farrar was sent out with a mounted force of fifty men, to feel the enemy, and obtain some reliable information of their movements. That same night, General Gersham arrived on steamers from Vicksburgh, with cavalry, infantry, and artillery, a
y retreated as fast as possible, and passed through Clinton as our advance entered the town. The road from Mes a manner as to command the road two miles east of Clinton, but was soon routed, with slight damage to us. At ock at night we went into camp three miles west of Clinton, the boys in fine spirits, singing and laughing dury passed on as if nothing had occurred, arriving at Clinton about noon. Clinton is ut present a very dilapidat clay mixed with sand. Our brigade did not halt in Clinton, but passed on perhaps one half-mile, and halted ope severe. A number of wounded were brought back to Clinton, and several dead buried in the graveyard where we e, fine oak timber and well watered. After passing Clinton, the plantations were much larger and better (or ractor of our corps that we had forty-five wounded at Clinton. We came across the body of a rebel soldier near theavy skirmishing which occurred in the vicinity of Clinton, this side of Jackson, as the expedition was starti