On November 22d Major Ham's battalion of State troops skirmished with the First Alabama (U. S.) near Corinth.
Toward the close of November Chalmers was ordered by General Lee to demonstrate again between Memphis and La Grange, while Lee, with Ferguson and Ross, advanced to the east and united with General Forrest, who had been assigned to command in West Tennessee.
The movement began on December 1st, and on the 4th McCulloch's brigade moved to support Ross in burning the Wolf river bridge near Moscow.
A severe fight followed, in which McCulloch and his Mississippians were distinguished for gallantry.
The Federal loss was heavy including Colonel Hatch—who had been conspicuous for a long time in Northern Mississippi raids—severely wounded.
In the meantime Colonel Slemons had burned the railroad trestle over Grisson's creek.
About this time Loring's division was at Canton, Whitfield's and Cosby's brigades of cavalry were covering Vicksburg from Brownsville to Raym