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No. 46.-report of Assistant Secretary of War Thomas A. Soott of engagement at Farmington, Miss., May 9.

near Farmington, May 9, 1862-10 p. m.
The enemy advanced from Corinth this morning in force, and have reoccupied the ground beyond Seven Mile Creek in front of our position. Our troops withdrawn, by order of General Halleck, to this side, to avoid general engagement to-day. They had about 30,000 men in front of this wing to-day. They rest them to-night, and I presume a heavy engagement will take place to-morrow. Our loss is about 30 killed and probably 50 wounded. Loss of the enemy pretty severe. It is now pretty clear that an overwhelming force will be massed at Corinth to crush this army. In my judgment, which I respectfully Nominal list shows 1 officer and 5 men wounded. [804] offer for your consideration, a heavy re-enforcement of infantry and artillery should be sent here immediately, or we shall soon be the party besieged, and that, too, in the heart of the enemy's country.

Thomas A. Scott, Assistant Secretary of War. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War.

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