Saturday, May 31, 1862

Corinth, Mississippi

The enemy has retreated from Corinth.  We are trying to discover the routes of their movement.  They have burned many bridges, felled trees on the roads and set up other obstructions.  They have posted strong rear guards to protect their retreat.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH DIVISION, May 31, 1862.

General HALLECK,
Headquarters:

My engineer has examined the lines of the enemy in my front 2 1/2 miles north of Corinth and extending across the railroad on both sides of it, and I have had a party of cavalry out on the Memphis Railroad 5 miles to Young’s Station, and around to Sam Chambers’, on the Mobile and Ohio road. The enemy’s cavalry pickets were not relieved, but on learning that Corinth was evacuated they scattered, each on his own hook. Tomorrow, I  will send you a sketch of the country lying in that angle of the railroad.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General

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