Thursday, February 11, 1864

Central Mississippi

The infantry pushed rapidly from Morton in the direction of Decatur, Mississippi. The cavalry of the enemy are all about looking for an opportunity but we keep closed ranks to give them little opening. There is still no sign of enemy forces gathering to oppose us.

Hickenlooper’s pioneer corp is busy rebuilding bridges and corduroying roads in our front. While waiting for bridge construction, some troops set fire to trees for warmth. The fire got out of hand and made crossing the bridge difficult with flaming trees falling across the road.

McPherson sent a party to raid on Lake Station. They destroyed 2 locomotives, 35 cars, the engine house & turntable, a half mile of track, livery stables, machine shops warehouses, 2 sawmills, stacks of boards, several hundred gallons of turpentine and the water tank. Lake Station is destroyed.

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