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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sherman's campaign in Mississippi in winter of 1864. (search)
to submit the following: My command having just returned from East Louisiana, whither it repaired under orders from Lieutenant-General Polk, directing me to threaten Baton Rouge or Manchas, reached, by two days forced marches, the vicinity of Raymond on the afternoon of the 28th of January. I was then met by orders from division headquarters to watch closely all the ferries and approaches in the direction of Big Black, south of the railroad bridge, in anticipation of the expected advance elligence from my scouts that the enemy was crossing in force at the railroad bridge and advancing towards Bolton's. I immediately mounted my command, consisting of eight hundred (800) men and a rifled section of King's Battery, and moved beyond Raymond, on the Edwards's Depot Road. Halting until four o'clock next morning, I again put my command in motion, marching rapidly towards Bolton's, one mile beyond which I took position; sending Colonel Wood's regiment forward to reconnoitre and asce