corps, under Gen. Palmer
, to counteract this diversion.
The divisions of Jeff. C. Davis
, and Baird
, moved on the direct road to Dalton
's division, under Gen. Crufts
, moving from Cleveland
on our left, and forming a junction with Palmer
just below Ringgold
The advance was resisted, but not seriously, at Tunnel Hill
and at Rocky-Face ridge
; whence Palmer
pressed forward, against continually increasing resistance, to within two miles of Dalton
; where, hearing that the two Rebel divisions which were sent south had been brought back, and that all Johnston
's (late Bragg
's) army was on his hands, he fell back to Tunnel Hill
, and ultimately to Ringgold
having lost 350 killed and wounded. The Rebel killed and wounded were but 200.
Various inconsiderable collisions and raids on frontier posts occurred in southern Tennessee
during the Winter
; in one of which, a steamboat on the Tennessee
was captured and burnt by the enemy; but nothing of moment occurred until Forrest
, at the head of 5,000 cavalry, advanced2
rapidly from northern Mississippi
through West Tennessee
, after a brief halt at Jackson
to Union City
, a fortified railroad junction near the Kentucky
line, held by the 1lth Tenn.
cavalry, Col. Hawkins
, who tamely surrendered,3
after repelling an assault without loss.
The spoils were 450 prisoners, 200 horses, and 500 small arms.
, with a relieving force from Cairo
, was but 6 miles distant when Hawkins
now occupied Hickman
without resistance, and next day appeared before Paducah
at tho head of a division of his force which had moved thither directly from Jackson
He found here the 40th Illinois, Col. Hicks
, 655 strong; who promptly withdrew into Fort Anderson
, where he could be aided by the gunboats Piosta
-Paw, Capt. Shirk
and whence he answered Forrest
's summons with quiet firmness.
Two assaults were made and repelled: the enemy at length occupying the town and firing from behind the houses at the garrison, but to no purpose.
At 11 P. M., after burning a steamboat on the marine ways and some houses, Forrest
drew off; our loss in the siege having been 14 killed and 46 wounded. Forrest
reports his loss here and at Union City
, “as far as known,” at 25;4
but names Col. A. P. Thompson
and Lt.-Col. Lanhum
, killed, and Col. Crosslin
and Lt.-Col. Morton
, “slightly wounded.”
His loss was doubtless far heavier than he admitted.
, with a part of Pillow
's men, next summoned5 Columbus
, held by Col. Lawrence
, 34th New Jersey; who refused to surrender.
and could not be taken.
Moving thence to Paducah
summoned that post; but, a surrender being declined, he retired without assaulting.
, with the larger portion of his command, had meantime fallen back into Tennessee
, where he suddenly appeared6
before Fort Pillow
, some 40 miles above Memphis
held by Maj. L. F. Booth
, with a garrison of 557 men, 262 of whom were Blacks (6th U. S. heavy artillery);