No. 6.-report of Col. Daniel W. Adams, First Louisiana Infantry.
Snake camp, Four miles from Tennessee River,-----, 1862.Dear sir: We reached here about 3 p. m. and encamped at 4 o'clock. Accompanied by Major--- and a detail of 10 cavalry, I proceeded to reconnoiter the river at Crump's Landing. At 2J miles from this I found the enemy had posted their pickets. We advanced to within 400 yards of their line of pickets, but from the nature of the country could not ascertain what force they had landed. I do not.believe they are landing in force on this side of the river, but from information I deem reliable they have about 25,000 on the other side ashore and in boats. Sixty-one boats are reported as having passed Coffee. Within 300 or 400 yards of the enemy's pickets I found 30 or 40 bales of cotton which I had burned. Most of it belonged to the Union “shriekers.” I had 3 suspected men passing my lines arrested. As their advanced pickets cut me off from doing anything on the river, I am now inclined to return by the Adamsville road, keeping an eye on their movements. I will write again to-morrow. Very respectfully,