Feb 26 1863. The following report of enemy operations east of Vicksburg has just been forwarded to me by Gen. Hurlbut,
HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., February 25, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel JOHN A. RAWLINS,
SIR: I inclose you the following:*
General Grant must judge of the necessities of the case by combining it with his information. I have no doubt that a considerable movement east is going on. I question whether it means abandonment of Vicksburg, except by their main force. It would be high strategy to draw our army so far down, and then sweep over their inland lines to attack Rosecrans, and the movement of Van Dorn intimates something of the kind. The Confederate authorities work for successful blows in war, and are not respecters of persons or places. They would undoubtedly abandon Vicksburg, if thereby they should conquer and crush Rosecrans. I deem this of consequence enough to send by special messenger.
Your obedient servant,
S. A. HURLBUT,
Numbers 1. Report of Major General Charles S. Hamilton, U. S. Army.
MEMPHIS, TENN., February 25, 1863.
GENERAL: The cavalry of General Dodge, under command of Colonel [F. M.] Cornyn, attacked Tuscumbia and rear of Van Dorn’s column of Sunday, the 22nd instant, at 4 a. m.; captured one piece of artillery, 100 prisoners, 200 horses, a large amount of stores, including a train of cars and 100 bales of C. S. Army cotton, considerable money, and a large number of mules.
Colonel Cornyn and his command have swum creeks and rivers; have operated during all these terrible storms, and are now following the enemy into the mountains; officers and men behaved splendidly, and all are entitled to warmest praise for perseverance and daring gallantry.
Scouts have arrived from the interior of Mississippi during the last twenty-four hours, and all report the enemy rapidly evacuating Vicksburg. He is moving everything to the eastward, and the talk is that all are going to re-enforce the army opposed to Rosecrans, now commanded by Joseph [E.] Johnston, Bragg having been removed. Price’s forces are on the east side of the Black River.
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I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. S. HAMILTON,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 362
O.R., I, xxiii, part 1, 63-4
O.R., I, xxiii, part 2, 87