DECEMBER 15, 1862-JANUARY 3, 1863.
Forrest's Expedition into West Tennessee.
No. 3.--Reports of Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan,
U.S. Army, commanding District of Jackson, of skirmish at Lexington
and engagements near Jackson and at Parker's Cross-Roads, with
congratulations from Major-General Grant.
JACKSON, December 18, 1862---7.10 p.m.
My cavalry was whipped at Lexington to-day. Colonel Ingersoll taken prisoner
and section of artillery captured. The enemy are reported to be from 10,000 to
20,000 and still crossing the river. They are now within 6 miles of my
outposts. I will try and find their number by daylight,
JER. O. SULLIVAN,
Maj. Gen. U.S. GRANT.
JACKSON, December 19, 1862.
GENERAL: This morning, as I was preparing to advance, information was brought
me that the enemy were advancing in force. At the same time I received news
that the station on Columbus [road], 8 miles from here, was attacked at
daylight, the guard of 87 men captured, the station-house burned, and road at
switch destroyed. A few moments later, news from Corinth road was
received, giving news that the bridges 12 miles south were burned and
that a large force had crossed, going toward railroad leading to Bolivar.
Almost at same time the enemy opened their artillery on my advance force
and drove them into within 3 miles of Jackson. My men skirmished up to
3 o'clock, at which time the brigade of Colonel Fuller's command arriving,
two regiments reporting, I immediately advanced six regiments, under General
Brayman, who drove them back, and at present are bivouacking in front, 6 miles out.
I move at daylight with my force, leaving 2,000 men to hold this place. Prisoners
taken to-day confirm reports of their having crossed the Tennessee River in flats
and pontoon bridges, a full cavalry regiment crossing with horses and wagons
in half a day. Forrest has six or seven colonels, but can get no estimate of
force. Cheatham's brigade is on this side and Napier's also. I need no more
re-enforcements, and can surely save all your rear communications this way.
I have ordered a cavalry dash at midnight on their position.
JER. G. SULLIVAN,
JANUARY 1, 1863.
Generals G. M. DODGE and C. S. HAMILTON:
Following dispatch just received:
BETWEEN LEXINGTON AND HUNTINGDON,
December 31, 1862--6 o'clock p.m.
We have achieved a glorious victory. We met Forrest, 7,000 strong. After a
contest of four hours, completely routed him with great slaughter. We have
captured six guns, over 300 prisoners, over 350 horses, a large number of
wagons and teams, and large quantity of small-arms. Colonel Napier killed;
Colonel Cox and Major Strange, Forrest's adjutant, and one aide-de-camp, and a
number of other officers captured. Colonel Rinaker slightly wounded.
I will telegraph particulars of our loss.
JER. C. SULLIVAN,
JACKSON, January 2, 1863.
Flag of truce came into Jackson last night. This morning it was started out on
Trenton, with orders to proceed via Trenton to Tennessee River. This evening
the same flag of truce is found on Lexington road following our troops. I had
it brought back and now await your orders as to whether it shall be sent via
Cairo to Vicksburg or south through Corinth. The rebel loss, as estimated by
Forrest, is 1,500 men killed, wounded, and missing. Their dead, I have
good reason to believe, is 200; their prisoners over 400.
My loss will not exceed 100 killed and wounded; prisoners, 63.
JER. C. SULLIVAN,
JACKSON, TENN., January 2, 1863--3 p.m.
Just arrived here from Lexington. Left Colonel Lawler with 3,000 men
(old troops) and eight pieces of artillery to follow the retreating enemy
to the river. Forrest's army is completely broken up. They are scattered
over the country without ammunition. We need a good cavalry regiment to go
through the country and pick them up. I left a regiment at the battle ground
and two at Huntingdon. Captured six pieces of artillery (the enemy burst
over nine caissons), over 400 prisoners, 500 horses, a portion of his train,
all his ammunition but one wagon, three wagon loads of small-arms, and
a large quantity of our captured clothing.
Will report further when I receive reports from brigade commanders.
JER. C. SULLIVAN,
HOLLY SPRINGS, MISS., January 2, 1863.
Brig. Gen. J. C. SULLIVAN, Jackson, Tenn.:
You have done a fine job--retrieved all lost at Trenton and north of you. I
sent a fine regiment of cavalry to you. They left here on the 31st. Clear out
West Tennessee of all roving cavalry. If it is necessary, mount as much
infantry as you think necessary. What do you estimate the loss on each side?
Dodge is now out after Forrest's band.
Return of Casualties in the Union forces engaged at Parker's Cross-Roads,
Tenn., December 31, 1862.
[Compiled from nominal lists of casualties, returns, etc.]
Enlisted Men. Captured or missing
11th Illinois Cavalry (detachment) ....1....11811
18th Illinois Infantry, Companies A and E ............7....512
122d Illinois Infantry115248....1581
50th Indiana Infantry.13....3921661
39th Iowa Infantry ....3429....1147
27th Ohio Infantry ............2........2
39th Ohio Infantry(*)............................
63d Ohio Infantry(*)............................
7th Wisconsin Battery (detachment) ....317....1223
Total 2257 13336 7237
Officers killed.--Lieut. Pleasant L. Bristow, One hundred and twenty-second
Illinois, and Lieut. Daniel J. Dean, Fiftieth Indiana