I send a report of the action at Iuka to Gen. Halleck,
General Rosecrans, with Stanley’s and Hamilton’s divisions and Mizner’s cavalry, attacked Price, south of this village, about two hours before dark yesterday, and had a sharp fight, until night closed in. General Ord was to the north, with a mixed force of about 5,000 men. Had some skirmishing with rebel pickets. This morning the fight was renewed by General Rosecrans, who was nearest the town, but it was found that the enemy had been evacuating during the night, going south. Hamilton and Stanley, with the cavalry, are in full pursuit, and will no doubt break up the enemy badly, and possibly force them to abandon much of their artillery.
Loss on each side is from 400 to 500 killed and wounded. The enemy’s loss in arms, tents, &c., will be large. We have about 250 prisoners.
I cannot speak too highly of the energy and skill displayed by General Rosecrans in this attack and the endurance of the troops under him. General Ord’s command showed untiring zeal, but the direction taken by the enemy prevented them taking the active part they desired.
Among the enemy’s loss are General Little, killed, and General Whitfield, wounded. I have reliable information that it was Price’s intention to move over east of the Tennessee. In this he has been thwarted. Price’s force consisted of about 18,000 men.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 71-2
O.R., I, xvii, part 1, 64