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No. 16.-report of Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden, U. S. Army, commanding Fifth Division, of operations from April 29 to June 16.

Hdqrs. Fifth Division, Army of the Ohio, In Camp near Florence, Ala., June 20, 1862.
Colonel: In obedience to the special field order from Department Headquarters, dated Corinth; Miss., June 9, 1862, I have the honor to submit the following report:

On April 29 the orders were received to commence the advance upon Corinth, and the Fifth Division moved on the main Corinth road 1 mile. Sickness had kept me confined for eight or ten days, and I did not join my command until May 3, when it had advanced some 3 miles farther in the direction of Corinth. I will not recapitulate the account of the services rendered by the Fifth Division on the march to or at the siege of Corinth, as they have been most accurately detailed in the accompanying reports of the brigade commanders. It is enough to say that the officers and men of my command were always prompt to obey orders, whether to work or go to the outposts under fire. Much work was done, and no position assigned to any portion of my division was ever given up to the enemy.

General Tyler, of General Pope's army, thanked me for some effective shots thrown by the Seventh Indiana Battery (commanded then by Captain Swallow) among the rebels while they were keeping up a hot fire on the right of General Pope's line. This battery fired some 20 shots and then the enemy left their position or ceased firing from it. In the approach to Corinth but 1 man was killed and 6 wounded. Of the enemy 14 were killed; of their wounded we know nothing.

On the 30th the enemy evacuated Corinth.

Hearing that General Nelson had started with a part of his command [701] for Corinth, I rode into the place with my staff and escort, and found him there in possession of Corinth and nothing else.

On the 4th instant, pursuant to your order, we started with three days rations in haversacks, to re-enforce Generals Pope and Rosecrans on the road to Baldwin. We built a bridge across the Tuscumbia, and on the 7th marched beyond Rienzi some 9 miles and encamped.

From this place we moved, on the 10th, toward Iuka, building two bridges and cutting a road across the bottom a mile this side of Rienzi.

On the 12th we reached Iuka and on the 16th our present camp.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. L. Crittenden, Brigadier-General, Commandig. Col. J. B. Fry, Chief of Staff.

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