being placed in command.
It was fully equipped at Salisbury
, 50 miles east of Memphis
thence, skirmishing incessantly with Forrest
's cavalry, to Tupelo
, where the Rebel
chief had concentrated his command, estimated by our officers at 14,000, and where he had decided to fight.
Thrice his infantry assaulted2
our lines, and were each time repulsed with heavy loss; being finally driven from the field, leaving on it as many of his men killed or desperately wounded as the whole number of our killed, wounded, and missing.
made no farther advance; but there was a sharp, indecisive cavalry skirmish next day at Old Town creek
; after which our army was withdrawn to the vicinity of Memphis
; whence Smith
once more advanced,3
with 10,000 men, by Holly Springs
to the Tallahatchie
no enemy to fight, save a very small body of cavalry.
's main body had been drawn off for service elsewhere.
remained in this region several days, and then returned to Memphis
; whence he was soon called to the aid of Rosecrans
, as has already been stated.
But while Smith
was vainly hunting for Forrest
, that chieftain reported himself in person at Memphis
Taking, 3,000 of his best-mounted men, Forrest
our army by night, and made a forced march to Memphis
, which he charged into at dawn;6
making directly for the Gayoso house
and other hotels, where his spies had assured him that Gens. Hurlbut
, and Buckland
, were quartered.
He failed to clutch either of them, but captured several staff and other officers, with soldiers enough to make a total of 300.
Yet he failed to carry Irving prison, where the Rebel
captives were in durance, made no attempt on the fort, and was driven out or ran out of the city after a stay of two hours, in which he had done considerable damage and appropriated some plunder.
He lost some 200 men here and at Lane
's, outside; where a smart skirmish occurred on his retreat, and Cols. Starr
on our side were wounded.
On the whole, the raid can hardly be deemed a success, and can not have realized the enemy's expectations, unless they were very moderate.
had at least 6,000 men in or about the city, it was not practicable to do more ; and Forrest
left not a moment too soon.
He made his way back to Mississippi
In East Tennessee
, Gen. Longstreet
's withdrawal into Virginia
, after his failure at Knoxville
, was at first closely pursued by our cavalry under Shackleford
, on whom he turned7
's station, near Morristown
, and a spirited fight ensued, with no decided result; but Shackleford
does not appear to have hurried Longstreet
, with 1,200 mounted men, struck8
a supply train from Chattanooga
, guarded by Col. Siebert
, near Charlestown
, on the Hiwassee
, andl had easily captured it — Siebert
having but 100 men — when Col. Long
, 4th Ohio cavalry, came to his aid with 150 more cavalry and Col. Laibold
's 2d Missouri infantry; wherewith he quickly retook the train, and hurled the