Gen. McClernand: “[H]e found that the bridge … had been broken and obstructed by trees felled by the enemy”

Apr 24, 1862 Received report from Gen. McClernand, “My Cavalry returned last night and Lt Col McCullough commanding them, reports that he went forward eight miles on the road leading from Pittsburg to Purdy.  At that point on the road he found that the bridge on the ‘Shun Pike Road’ had been broken and obstructed by trees felled by the enemy yesterday.  Going a mile and a fourth further, he found that trees had been felled for a reach of half a mile along and across the road, and that the enemy had been foraging in that vicinity.  It was reported that the party destroying the bridge and obstructing the road was from Purdy not Corinth.  Col. McCullough’s party crossed Owl creek at the ‘Ford’ a short distance in front and to the right of my present camp.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 71-2

Library of Congress-USG, V, 83

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