No. 22.-report of Lieut. Col. Christopher J. Dickerson, Tenth Michigan Infantry, of operations from April 28 to June 11.
Hdqrs. Tenth Regiment Michigan Infantry,Colonel: In compliance with Special Orders, No. 8, dated the 16th instant, I submit the following report: The Tenth Regiment Michigan Volunteers landed at Hamburg, Tenn., on April 28 last, and immediately took up its line of march for General Pope's headquarters, about 6 miles distant from Hamburg, on the road leading to Corinth. After having reported to General Pope, the regiment was assigned to the Second Brigade, commanded by Col. James D. Morgan, in General Paine's division, and immediately took a position in line of battle on the left of said brigade. There we remained in camp about thirty-six hours. On the morning of April 30 we again took up our line of march in the direction of Corinth, and after having advanced about 6 miles encamped. After having changed our encampment several times in common with the other regiments of the First Division, on May 3, at 9 a. m., I received orders to be ready for a march in an hour, with twenty-four hours cooked rations and a blanket for each man. The regiment took up its line of march on the left of Colonel Morgan's brigade. On arriving within about 2 miles of the swamp northerly from Farmington, the regiment, together with the Fourteenth Michigan, Forty-second Illinois, and Houghtaling's battery was ordered to the right on the road leading to Nichols' Ford. After arriving to within a short distance of Nichols' Ford we were drawn up in line of battle in a position completely commanding the roads, so as to successfully prevent any flank movement by the enemy upon General Paine's right. The roar of artillery and the report of musketry soon apprised us of the fact that a portion of our division was engaging the enemy. About 5 o'clock in the afternoon we were ordered to join General Paine. We came up with the balance of General Paine's division about dark a short distance north of Farmington. We then fell back to the high land northerly from Farmington and encamped.  On May 8, in accordance with orders received the previous evening, we took up our line of march toward Corinth. Upon arriving at Farmington we formed in line of battle and advanced to a piece of woods lying on the easterly side of Corinth. When we came within about 80 rods of the enemy's outer works a battery of artillery was opened upon our line. Grape, canister, and shell fell near us and all around us, but no one in the regiment was injured. We then fell back with the balance of General Paine's division to our old camping grounds. On the morning of May 9, at an early hour, we were ordered to advance toward Farmington. The enemy had already driven in our pickets and were reported to be advancing in large force. We formed in line of battle in the edge of the woods southerly from our camp. The enemy threw a large number of shell directly over our line. A number fell into our camp, causing an immediate retreat of all our sick and some of our camp guard. We remained in line of battle all day and slept upon our arms at night. On the morning of the following day, it being ascertained that the enemy had fallen back, we .were ordered to our camp. There we remained until May 17, when we advanced to Farmington. Arriving there about sundown, we were formed in line of battle, and in accordance with orders previously received threw up a strong earthwork along our entire front. The next morning the regiment was ordered upon grand-guard duty in front of Farmington. During the day constant skirmishing was going on between our pickets and those of the enemy. Private William Newton, Company B, received a wound in the left hand, in consequence of which he has since been unfit for duty, but is now rapidly recovering. On May 26 our regiment was ordered a second time upon grandguard duty in front of Farmington. The enemy in our front were particularly annoying, keeping up a constant fire upon our line of pickets. In accordance with orders previously received from General Paine, I positively forbade any firing by our pickets. About 12 o'clock of that day I received intelligence from a lieutenant in General Buell's command, on our right, that two or more rebel brigades were passing along the front of our line toward our left. Maj. James J. Scarritt and myself immediately went to a point of woods in which were stationed our most advanced pickets, and by observations through a glass discovered a rebel force on our left cutting timber and making such preparations as indicated to us that they might be planting a battery, which would not only completely command our line of pickets, but our camp at Farmington. I immediately sent a messenger to Colonel Lum and General Paine, with instructions to communicate to them the information I had received and the observations we had made. In the course of an hour a battery of artillery, the Yates Sharpshooters, and a regiment of infantry were sent forward. As the battery of artillery was getting into position at the point of woods where we had made the observations Adjt. S. D. Cowles accompanied them, and while pointing out the spot where it was believed they were concentrating a force or planting a battery, he received from one of the enemy's rifles a ball in his breast. Putting his hand upon his breast he remarked, “I have got that in here.” He immediately dropped upon the ground and was dead. The regiment being relieved the next morning at 8 o'clock, repaired to our camp at Farmington, where we remained until the morning of May 28, when we advanced to within view of the enemy's outer works  and threw up an earthwork in front of our line. Here we remained behind our intrenchments until after the evacuation of Corinth on May 30, and as this corps daarmde moved forward in pursuit of enemy we moved with them, encamping at night about 2 miles this side of the Tuscumbia River. On the morning of May 31 we were ordered forward with the Yates Sharpshooters, the Tenth and Sixteenth Illinois Regiments, to dislodge the enemy, who had thrown up an earthwork and planted a battery commanding the road and bridge passing to and crossing the Tuscumbia. After having been formed in line of battle on the right of the road the enemy opened their artillery upon our line, which was sharply responded to by the Yates Sharpshooters and the Tenth Illinois. After considerable skirmishing we were ordered to fall back to the railroad, where we encamped for the night. On the following day, June 1, at about 1 o'clock, we took up our line of march for Booneville; encamped at Rienza during the night, and marched to Booneville the following day, and encamped about half a mile from the town. June 3, marched about 5 miles beyond Booneville; returned to our old camping ground, where we remained until the 6th instant. We then marched back about 2 miles this side of Booneville and encamped. Remained in that camp until the 11th instant, when we took up our line of march for the camping ground we now occupy. During all the period of time aforesaid this regiment has not only performed long, tedious marches, being constantly in the advance with General Morgan's brigade, but has performed a large amount of fatigue duty in the building of roads and bridges and the throwing up of intrenchments. The officers and men under my command have behaved under all circumstances with coolness and courage, and have cheerfully submitted to all the privations and hardships incident to the campaign. Their conduct has been truly worthy of commendation. Very respectfully submitted.
Camp of the Big Spring Miss.,, June 19, 1862.
Camp of the Big Spring Miss.,, June 19, 1862.