out with orders that they should pay for supplies, and that ‘it is now to the interest of the government that plundering and pillaging should cease.’
continued north to Memphis
, fighting at the Coldwater
with some of Chalmers
' force, and Phillips
returned to Tennessee
, reporting a large amount of destruction in spite of Winslow
After this no affairs of importance occurred in Mississippi
for a considerable period.
There was a skirmish at Holly Springs
, September 7th; one near Jacinto
on the same day; and an expedition from the Big Black near Vicksburg
to Yazoo City
was spiritedly combated by the cavalry brigades of Generals Whitfield
In August, Maj.-Gen. S. D. Lee
had been given command of all the cavalry in Mississippi
, including the brigades of Jackson
, and Richardson
Early in October General Chalmers
was ordered to take his own and Richardson
's brigades and make a raid on the Memphis & Charleston railroad, to divert attention from another movement contemplated by Lee
. After some minor operations he fought a considerable action near Salem
, on October 8th, in which the commands of McQuirk
and Major Chalmers
, and McCulloch
's Missouri cavalry, bore the brunt of battle.
The enemy retired, and Chalmers
, being now reinforced by Richardson
's brigade, skirmished with the Federal
cavalry toward La Grange
Early on the 11th he attacked Collierville, Tenn.
, which General Sherman
had just entered with his staff and a battalion, increasing the garrison, previously composed of 240 men of the Sixty-sixth Indiana, to 480.
took command and refused Chalmers
' demand for surrender.
A four hours fight followed, in which Chalmers
took and burned the cavalry camp, but, on account of the strength of the works, was unable to capture the enemy.
Retiring toward Byhalia Colonel Richardson
had a brisk fight next day, and the command fell back to Ingram's Mill
On the 13th Chalmers
fought a battle at