June 3, 1862: Rosecrans pursues Beauregard south

William Rosecrans
William Rosecrans

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While Halleck had some of his troops moving eastward to Decatur, Alabama, he also spared some of Pope’s troops to pursue Beauregard southward in Mississippi. Here Pope encourages Rosecrans to keep up the pursuit to Baldwyn, MS.

From the Official Record:


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI, June 3, 1862.
General ROSECRANS:

Press the enemy at least as far as Baldwyn. Call up your whole force, if you deem it necessary. If you require more, let me know, and I will advance the whole army, if necessary.

Urge the pursuit at least as far as Baldwyn, and farther if you find it desirable or practicable. Baldwyn is on the Mobile and Ohio road, about 10 miles beyond Booneville.

The various roads upon which the enemy retreated from Corinth unite at that point, and you may find a heavy force there. My impression is that you had best call up your Second Division. Keep me advised.

Respectfully,
JNO. POPE,
Major-General, Commanding.

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