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y — six cavalry met, on his own ground, five hundred of the enemy's cavalry, and put him to rout.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. D. Sunger, Major Fifty-fifth Illinois. Aid-de-Camp to Gen. W. T. Sherman. To Brig.-Gen. S. A. Hurlbut, Commanding, etc.
A correspondent writing from Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn, March twenty-first, gives the following account of this affair:
On Sunday last Major Bowman, with about seventy of his battalion, reconnoitred westward, on the road to Purdy, and when about six miles out overhauled and chased a force of the enemy's cavalry, about one hundred strong, killing an officer by the name of W. R. Roper, and wounding several others.
Roper is believed to have been a native of South-Carolina, and was in the rebel service at Pensacola, as shown by papers found upon his person.
He was shot through the head, and died instantly.
In this little encounter the rebels fled without firing a shot; consequently nobody was hurt on our side.