off his foraging parties; forcing back his cavalry on his infantry.
was swiftly and cheaply traversed, simply by reason of the admirable dispositions which left the enemy in doubt as to his objective, and paralyzed, at Macon
, &c., forces which should have been concentrated to oppose his advance.
announced his crowning triumph to President Lincoln
I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.
The President responded as follows:
Two separate expeditions were sent out from the Mississippi
to distract the enemy's attention from Sherman
, and prevent a concentration against him. One of them, under Gen. Dana
, was dispatched from Vicksburg
on the Big Black, a Rebel force which it defeated, after an obstinate fight; destroying several miles of the railroad, including the bridge, with locomotives, cars, cotton, and valuable stores.
The other, under Gen. Davidson
, moved simultaneously from Baton Rouge
, where it broke up the same railroad, destroying bridges, &c.; pushing on to Franklinton
and West Pascagoula; meeting little resistance, taking some prisoners, and causing alarm for the safety of Mobile
A third and more important mounted expedition was dispatched2
by Gen. Dana
, 3,500 strong, led by Gen. Grierson
, south-eastward through north Alabama
on the Mobile railroad, which was thoroughly broken up southward to Okolona
; Col. Karge
, by the way, surprising3
a Rebel camp at Verona
, dispersing the force holding it, capturing 32 cars, 8 warehouses filled with ordnance and supplies, which were being loaded for Hood
's army on 200 wagons taken by Forrest
All were destroyed.
dispatches from Dick Taylor
, at Mobile
, promising reenforcements, which deserters said would arrive at 11 A. M. next day. he decided, therefore, to attack at daylight, and did so: the Rebels
being intrenched at a little station known as Egypt
, with 4 guns on platform cars, and some 1,200 to 2,000 men. While the fight was in progress, two trains came up the road with reinforcements for the enemy; but Grierson
interposed between these and his stationary foes, repelling the former, and routing the latter; capturing and destroying a