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s beaten off, the damage to the road repaired, and we resumed our journey next day, reaching Corinth at night. I immediately ordered General Blair forward to Iuka with the First division, and as fast as I got troops up pushed them forward of Bear Creek, the bridge of which was completely destroyed, and an engineer regiment, under command of Colonel Flad, engaged in its repair. Quite a considerable force of the enemy was in our front, near Tuscumbia, to resist our advance. It was commandedhe same day a messenger from General Grant floated down the Tennessee over the Muscle Shoals, landed at Tuscumbia, and was sent to me at Iuka. He bore a short message from the General to this effect: Drop all work on the Railroad east of Bear Creek; put your command toward Bridgeport till you meet orders. Instantly the order was executed, and the order of march was reversed, and all columns directed to Eastport, the only place where I could cross the Tennessee. At first I only had t
usetts heavy artillery--When we embarked on the gunboat Daylight, at ten minutes after eleven A. M., of the twenty-fourth, we up stream and proceeded to about ten miles beyond Swansborough, to a place called Bougue's Sound, where we came to anchor, and took to the small boats and launches; went up the sound a long distance, and destroyed several large salt-pans; also forty thousand bags of salt. We then about ship and took another course to the left, and proceeded about five miles up this Bear Creek, where we came to a house; found two men in it, with a double-barrelled shot-gun loaded to the muzzle; also several very large salt-pans, which we set on fire. The salt we carried in carts to the creek and throw it overboard We then returned to the gunboats and returned to Fort Macon, and were landed the next morning by eight o'clock. This is the first scout our commander (Colonel Jourdan) has done on his own hook; but I can assure you, since he has met with such success, it will not be t