On Aug. 24, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to USG.
"Report from Col Roberts give details of destruction of train day before yester-
day at one mile from Trinity Eleven (11) companies of Rodds rebel cavalry
appeared at that point where they had placed a rail across the track to throw the
train off They suceeded in this the guard accompanying under Lieut Granger
who fought them bravely killed and wounded 25 of them & come off having lost
8 men Reinforcements from Courtland hurried the Rebels & killed 4 more of
them but before those reinforcements came the Rebels burned the train no
further news except that I am seeking routes & information to strike Columbus.
it works well so far" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo.,
Telegrams Received; copy, ibid.,
RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle
Reports. O. R.,
I, xvii, part 1, 36-37. On Aug. 27, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG.
"Col Sheridan sends tonight one regt Cavalry to Hatchie crossing to dash onto
Ripley at day light & then strikes the ripley & Fulton road 12 miles south of
Ripley the third (3d) with the battery & 2 Cos. infantry goes to Blackland &
the cavalry advance on the rebel pickets towards Carrollville & Ellistown while
ords Cavalry goes via Kossuth & Breckensville on the ripley & Pocohonta road
& attacks Ripley from the north. The whole
ripley force then moves south
and joins sheridan at Blackland. nothing espeial from Morgan except a Terribly
grumbling letter at the misbehavior of Thomas troops at Courtland Three Cos
of our Cavalry had a skirmish with rebel Cavalry south west of Courtland in
which we lost 23 killed wounded & missing no further particulars except all
safe" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams
Received. On Aug. 28, Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord wrote to Maj. John A.
Rawlins. "The Col 15th Michigan commanding at chewalla reports a force of
from one to three hundred cavalry hovering around within three miles of his