road in four places, he had attacked the Federal
forces at Colliersville
in their camp, driven them into their intrenchments, burned the camp and a quantity of military property, including thirty wagons, brought off a hundred and four prisoners, five colors, and about twenty wagons.
He did not learn the enemy's loss in killed and wounded.
His own was fifty.
On the approach of fresh Federal troops from Lafayette
, he retreated to Byhalia
On the 14th, at Oxford
, he reported that eleven regiments of cavalry had followed him to Byhalia
and attacked him there; that, after fighting them four hours, he had fallen back, skirmishing, to the Tallallatchie at Wyat, where the assailants were repulsed, and retired, after burning the village.
The Confederate baggage and the captured property were preserved.
On the 15th, being still at Oxford
, he sent me intelligence (on the authority of his scouts) that some four thousand United States troops, with a hundred wagons, had passed through Holly Springs
the day before, going southward.
To meet this incursion, Major-General Loring
was ordered to hasten to Grenada
with his division.
Next day, however, another dispatch from General Chalmers
, sent from Water Valley
, informed me that the Federal party had turned back--“burning in every direction,” including the village of Chulahoma In the mean time intelligence was received from Canton
that two divisions of Federal infantry, a brigade of cavalry, and some artillery, had crossed the Big Black at Messenger's Ferry, and were marching toward Brownsville
— very slowly, however, for