ese views he steadily adhered.
It was soon apparent that the spies had reported correctly.
Adams' brigade of cavalry was drawn from the vicinity of Natchez; Ferguson was placed between Canton and Big Black, covering Loring, and Ross near the Yazoo river above Mechanicsburg.
The Big Black was picketed heavily towards the railroad bridge and Messenger's ferry, six miles above.
On January 28th a gunboat expedition, accompanied by three regiments of Federal infantry, ascended the Yazoo river.Yazoo river.
On same date Federal cavalry moved from the direction of Vicksburg towards Mechanicsburg, on road to Yazoo City.
This force was met by Ross, and defeated and driven back in numerous skirmishes from January 28th to February 5th, when they retired towards Vicksburg.
One of these affairs is worthy of special mention.
Two regiments, the Sixth and Ninth Texas, and two guns of King's battery met and repulsed near Liverpool three Federal regiments of infantry twice, driving them to the gunboats —