The battles of both Iuka and Corinth marked two of the few times the Confederacy was on the offensive against the Yankees even though they wielded superior numbers. The Confederates failed to pull out a victory when they most desperately needed one. S.P. Barron, a member of the 3rd Texas Cavalry, related the events of these tragic battles in his book The Lone Star Defenders.
In the early days of June our command halted and went into camp near Tupelo, Miss., where it remained for several weeks. Here, as I was physically unfit for service, I voluntarily abandoned my place at General Cabell's headquarters and returned to my own regiment. Obtaining, without difficulty, a thirty days' furlough, I called on Dr. Shaw for medicine, but he informed me that he had nothing but opium, which would do me no good. But he added, "You need a tonic; if you could only get some whisky that would soon set you up." Mounting my horse I went down into Pontotoc County and, finding a goodlooking farm‐ house away from the public roads, I engaged board with Mr. Dunn, the proprietor, for myself and horse for thirty days. Mr. Dunn told me of a distillery away down somewhere below the town of Pontotoc, and finding a convalescent in the neighborhood I sent him on my horse to look for it, with the result that he brought me back four canteens of "tonic."
Now Mr. Dunn's family consisted of that clever elderly gentleman, his wife, and a handsome, intelligent daughter, presumably about twenty years of age. I soon realized that I had been very fortunate in the selection of a boarding house and that my lot for the next thirty days had been cast in a pleasant place, for every necessary attention was cheerfully shown me by each member of the family. They had lost a son and brother who had wasted away with consumption, and in my dilapidated and