Wednesday, October 21, 1863

IUKA, Mississippi

The Rebels are opposing my progress along the railroad.  We continue to cause them to retreat as we advance along the railroad.  I must cross to the North side of the River and will require boats to do so safely.

I telegraphed the following message to Memphis to be forwarded on to General Halleck.

My advance found Forrest’s Cavalry, 400 strong, at Barton’s Station, and whipped them handsomely yesterday, killing 2 and taking 9 prisoners. Our loss, 1 killed and 3 wounded slightly-all of the Fifth Ohio Cavalry, which acted most handsomely. The Tennessee River is up 8 feet on the shoals. I must cross over to communicate with Nashville and Chattanooga, and must have a steam ferry-boat. I will keep a regiment at Eastport. Wheeler, 10,000 strong, is near Decatur. I hope he will oppose my advance, but think he will swing up on my flank. My advance is at Cane Creek.

SHERMAN

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