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HDGRS. FOURTH BRIG., FIFTH DIV., 16TH ARMY CORPS,
Maj. James O. PIERCE,
MAJOR: About 2 p.m. on yesterday a force of about 25 guerrillas attacked a wood train just outside my pickets, capturing, as near as I can ascertain, 1 driver, 1 negro, and 4 mules. On being notified of the state of affairs I at once ordered two companies of the Twenty-first Missouri Infantry deployed as skirmishers, and moved forward to Nonconnah Creek. Meantime I sent officer Second Iowa Cavalrly for all his available force, which was sent me. This I ordered to dash forward on Horn Lake road, several miles beyond the creek, and scour the woods on their return, thereby hoping to get them (the enemy) between the two lines. The cavalry returned, reporting no enemy. The infantry reported that they arrived at the creek about an hour after the enemy had crossed, as they were informed by citizens. They saw abundant signs of horsemen being on this side the creek. The enemy left 1 mule, 1 saddle; also 1 shotgun.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Series I, Volume 30 (part 4) page 53.
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