We have some further particulars of Forrest
's fight at Harrisburg
, near Tupelo, Mississippi
, of which very brief notice has been made in official telegrams.
On Tuesday, July 13th, our forces commenced marching towards Pontotoc
to meet the enemy, who seemed afraid to come further South.
An attack was intended next morning, but the Yankees
, unwilling to risk an open fight, moved off during the night in the direction of Tupelo
A strong rear guard being left, it was some time before their movement was discovered.
Part of our forces were sent in pursuit of the enemy, and the rest endeavored to cut him off from Tupelo
; but when this force reached the point of intersection of the two roads, it was found that the Federal
had already passed most of their trains and secured a strong position.
's brigade, of Buford
's division, being the first to arrive, charged the enemy; but being flanked on both sides, was compelled to fall back.
Our loss in this charge was heavy, especially in officers.
The enemy then moved on to Harrisburg
, a small village two miles west of Tupelo
Here they spent the night in fortifying, and well did they improve the time.
A strong position was selected, to reach which our troops had to pass over an open field, exposed to the deadly fire of the enemy's artillery and infantry.
We succeeded in driving them from the first line of works, but they held the second.
Our forces were withdrawn a few hundred yards, with the hope of inducing the Yankee
commander to risk a battle out of his fortifications, but the offer was declined.
Thursday night Rucker
's brigade attacked them at another point.
In this engagement, which lasted two hours, the Yankees
admit a loss of 500 killed and wounded. On Friday the enemy commenced a retreat, which was admirably conducted.
pursued and engaged them a few miles north of Tupelo
, when he received a slight but painful wound in the foot.
Our loss in the several engagements will reach nearly 1,000 killed, wounded and missing, Yankees left at Tupelo
say their loss, including deaths from diseases and desertions, was 1,700.
Had the enemy come nearer to this place, who 2 our infantry would have been brought into action, we believe a victory as great as that of Tishomingo
creek would have followed.
The people of this portion of the State
owe a debt of gratitude to Generals Lee
, and the gallant officers and men of their commands, which they can never repay.
The destruction of property in the enemy's line of march far exceeds that of all other raids in North Mississippi
Families were left entirely destitute of provisions, and some had their clothing taken or destroyed.
were both burned.