Ltr #61 March from Tupelo to Memphis, by H. B. Talbert
- [The following is fromHarrison B. Talbert'sThird Indiana BatteryCivil War Diary.The Battle of Tupelo and thereturn march to Memphis.]
Thursday July 14th 1864 [Tupelo] Early in morning our line is formed in the shape of a Horse Shoe. Skirmishing commences early in day. 8 A.M. Rebs advance in line and appear bent upon destruction, or our defeat: but They are repulsed with heavy loss after near 3 h [hours of] hard fighting. Our Battery was in front & had one Gun dismounted and a second disabled [6 pounder James rifles]. Lay Bivouaced with lines unchanged. 9 P.M. attack our left but are handsomely repulsed. Clear & hot.
[Battle of Tupelo. Official Records, Volume 39, Part 1.
"..... The officers and men throughout the entire command conducted themselves in a highly creditable manner. I desire especially to mention the excellent service of the Third Indiana Battery. ..... Lieutenant Burns, commanding the battery, cannot receive too much praise for his good conduct on the field. ...."]
[On the next day the Union Army began to return to LaGrange and then Memphis, Tenn. The announced reason for the slow retreat was low supplies.]
Friday July 15th 1864 Lay in line of Battle until 8 A.M. Giving the Enemy a chance to attack but they will not, then we move out on the New Albany road on our return to Lagrange. The rear is again attacked, [.....].
Saturday July 16th 1864 The advance moves out at 2 A.M. [in the middle of the night.] Our Brigade & Division in rear, march 13 mile[s and] camp on Isle Creek. Considerable skirmishing in our rear but nothing more. Clear & hot. No forage for horse or man & not more than 1/5 rations issued to us.
Sunday July 17th 1864 March 12 miles [and] camp on the Talahasssee River at New Albany [Miss.] where we left 1 week ago this morning.
Monday July 18th 1864 Our Division (Col. Moore’s) pass 1st Division. March near 20 miles on the road to LaGrange [Tennessee] via Salem. Leave Ripley [Mississippi] to our right. The rebs have quit bothering, very warm weather.
Tuesday July 19th 1864 March 18 miles, camp at Salem Tenn. Here we meet a train with supplies. Very hot day. Country rough & roads very bad, our horses are badly jaded [run down].
Thursday July 21rst 1864 Early in day arrive at our old camping ground near LaGrange on Wolf River Tenn. 8 P.M. receive orders to load our ammunition chests and all extra baggage on the [railroad] cars and our caison carriages & guns will have to march through to Memphis. Very pleasant day.
No 14 F. Queen crossed. [Is this a train or ferry?]
Friday July 22ond 1864 2 P.M. our division start by land for Memphis. March 12 miles, camp at Moscow on Wolf River. Very cool.
Saturday July 23rd 1864 Move out early in morning. Infantry march to Coliersville [Tennessee] and get aboard the cars. Cavalry escort from here. March 23 miles camp at Germantown. Very cool, north wind.
Sunday July 24th 1864 Arrive at Memphis 8 A. M., distance 14 miles. Clear & cool day.
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