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The Daily Dispatch: May 4, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Federal raid into East Mississippi. (search)
he raid which the telegraph has in vain been attempting to explain: "Reports were brought to Okalona on Sunday, 18th inst., that the Yankees were approaching by way of Pontotoc, said to be 1,200 strong — all picked cavalry. Cols. Bartow and Inge had a skirmish with them on Saturday afternoon, not far from Chesterville and Birmingham, and checked them immediately, posting a courier to Okalona for reinforcements, stating that he (Col. Bartow) would hold them in check until help came. His loss in the fight was said to be thirty-one killed, wounded and missing. It is said the militia behaved very badly. They broke and ran after the second fire, leaving Bartow and Inge to bear the brunt. "On Tuesday another party of Federals--about 400--came suddenly on Okalona. They came in between Bartow's command and the 2d Alabama cavalry, who were out west of Okalona hunting for them. The boys had passed through Okalona on Monday, but were poorly armed. Nearly all had sabres, and their