had continued his raid with less than one thousand horsemen, breaking the Southern Mississippi
, and the New Orleans, Jackson
, and Great Northern railroads.
the raiders burned several bridges, and destroyed engines and cars loaded with commissary stores, guns, and ammunition; at Hazelhurst
, cars and ammunition; and at Brookhaven
, the railroad depot and cars.
Having no cavalry available to watch Grierson
's movements, the Confederates
were kept in a state of excitement and alarm.
Rumors exaggerated his numbers, and he was reported in many different places at the same time.
Several brigades of Confederate infantry were detached to intercept him, but he evaded them all.
In sixteen days, Grierson
marched six hundred miles--nearly thirty-eight miles a day — destroying miles of railroad, telegraph, and other property; but most of all, he distracted the Confederates
' attention from Grant
's operations against Vicksburg
at the critical time when the latter was preparing to cross the Mississippi River
near Grand Gulf
In its entirety, the Grierson raid was probably the most successful operation of its kind during the Civil War
The appearance of Morgan
's men on the north bank of the Ohio River
(July, 1863) created great consternation in Indiana
The Governor of Indiana
called out the Home guards to the number of fifty thousand, and as Morgan
's advance turned toward Ohio
, the Governor
of the Buckeye State called out fifty thousand Home guards from his State.
At Corydon, Indiana
, the Home guards gave the invaders a brisk little battle, and delayed their advance for a brief time.
On July 1, 1864, General A. J. Smith
assembled a large force at La Grange, Tennessee
, for a raid on Tupelo, Mississippi
, in which a cavalry division under General Grierson
took a prominent part in defeating the formidable General Forrest
as he had probably never been defeated before.