Doc. 113.-battle of Phillips Creek, Miss. Fought May 21, 1862.
before Corinth, May 22, 1862.The second division of Gen. Halleck's army, commanded by Brig.-General Thomas A. Davies, received orders to move yesterday at seven o'clock. Punctual to the time designated, the line of battle was formed, ten regiments front to occupy the ridge north of Phillips Creek. The line was halted and formed on the first ridge beyond Bridge Creek, and the artillery brought up — a section between each two regiments, on account of the density of the timber. The pickets, who occupied the ridge and slope in advance of the whole front of the line, then opened a brisk fire on the four regiments and the picket line of the enemy concealed in the thick underbrush on Phillips Creek, which they heartily returned. Under the noise which ensued, the infantry line advanced behind the crest of the ridge, formed in line of battle, and the artillery were again brought up. Our whole picket line was then withdrawn at double-quick time, which the enemy took for a retreat and followed. As soon as our pickets fell back upon the infantry line, the artillery opened with two-second fuses, then with three, and then with four, and the enemy's advance was suddenly changed to a retreat, ending in a complete rout. The firing ceased, and our pickets were again at double-quick, and occupied all the ground desirable to hold. Some prisoners were taken. The enemy left behind guns, canteens, haversacks, blankets, and such like, which our advancing pickets secured. The division line was intrenched in about three hours after, and the pickets reinforced. The enemy  made a dash at them in the afternoon, but our men held their ground, and now the division occupies Phillips Creek. No one on our side was killed, and but three wounded. This division now occupies the advance of our column, and is within shelling distance of the enemy's intrenchments.