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Cavalry operations in North Alabama.--report of General S. D. Lee.

Headquarters Crane Creek, (ten miles West of Tuscumbia), October 30th, 1863, 7:30 A. M.
Colonel,--I have the honor to report for the information of the General, that my command attacked the enemy at day-light yesterday morning, and after a brisk skirmish, I discovered that the enemy were in force at their camp near Cherokee Station. Their tents were standing, and my scouts could see no movement indicating breaking up of their camp. My scouts report, and I consider it perfectly reliable, that about a division of the enemy have crossed at Eastport, and last evening their advance was in a few miles of Florence. Two steamers and flat boats were at Eastport crossing troops. There is but little doubt now that a column of the enemy will march north of the Tennessee via Florence and Huntsville. I am in doubt whether the entire force will go by that route. Will inform you as soon as reliable information is received. The force in my front is probably covering the crossing. Some of my scouts still report the enemy working on the railroad east of Bear Creek, and the cars have crossed the Bear Creek bridge. Brigadier General Ferguson attacked and routed the Tory Alabama regiment, and thoroughly scattered it over the country, capturing two pieces of artillery, some forty prisoners, a number of horses, and small arms, &c. Brigadier-General Roddy is still on the flank and rear of the enemy between this point and Big Bear Creek. I am becoming short of ammunition, have sent for a supply at Okalona. My command is not in a condition to remain long from Mississippi, having left prepared [238] only for a two weeks scout against the M. & C. R. R., when their destination was changed in this direction. They are much in need of clothing, shoes, &c. I will, however, remain as long as I can be of service, or until I receive orders from General Johnston. If I am to remain in this department, I should be informed as early as practicable, though I am of opinion that a large cavalry force will not be needed in this Valley very long.

I am, Colonel, yours respectfully,

S. D. Lee, Major-General. Lieutenant-Colonel Geo. W. Brent, Assistant Adjutant-General Army of Tennessee.

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