was ignorant of the facts.
The path of his army was marked by heaps of ashes, blackened walls and solitary chimneys.
Not an animal or fowl was left in his wake.
After he departed from Oxford
the people were without food.
, Colonel Wade
was in advance.
He rode at the head of the Fifth Mississippi.
A few miles north of Oxford
he overhauled the federal rear guard.
He formed his men in columns of platoons and dashed into the column, using guns as clubs, and riding down two regiments.
had relatives in Oxford
, and as he dashed through the enemy's ranks, his saber cutting right and left, he called on his men to do their duty.
In the meantime Buford
struck the retreating column in the flank with the Kentucky Brigade, driving the enemy through the woods in great confusion, killing and capturing about 200.
, with Mabry
's Brigade, supported Wade
The artillery performed the most conspicuous service.
Captain Ed S. Walton
, with his battery, was in the thickest of the fray.
In fact, it was difficult for the cavalry to keep abreast of him. Whenever the enemy fell back he went thundering after them, every horse and every man doing his utmost, and, finding the enemy in position, he pushed his guns almost in their ranks and sent grape and canister, crashing and tearing them to pieces.
His guns were ever in the front.
The conduct of Walton
and his men was glorious.
was reckless and brave.
His men followed him with a desperation seldom equaled and never surpassed.
Night coming on, General Chalmers
ordered a halt.
The following day he harrassed the enemy as long as his ammunition lasted.
crossed the Tallahatchie
, burned the bridge and returned to Memphis
went into camp in the vicinity of Oxford
and had soldier's rations issued to the citizens.
For a week those people who had never before known hunger lived on the small allowance which we were able to give them.
After the command had gone into camp, General Chalmers
took occasion to compliment Colonel Wade
on his impetuous