Sherman continues his journey to Tennessee. Forrest’s cavalry doesn’t present much of an obstacle.
Report of Maj. General William T. Sherman, U. S. Army, commanding Fifteenth Army Corps, of skirmish at Barton’s Station, October 20.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, October 21, 1863. (Received 8.40 p.m.,23d.)
General Sherman telegraphs from Brear Creek:
IUKA, October 21, 1863.
My advance found Forrest’s Cavalry, 400 strong, at Barton’s Station, and whipped them handsomely yesterday, killing 2 and taking 9 prisoners. Our loss, 1 killed and 3 wounded slightly-all of the Fifth Ohio Cavalry, which acted most handsomely. The Tennessee River is up 8 feet on the shoals. I must cross over to communicate with Nashville and Chattanooga, and must have a steam ferry-boat. I will keep a regiment at Eastport. Wheeler, 10,000 strong, is near Decatur. I hope he will oppose my advance, but think he will swing up on my flank. My advance is at Cane Creek.
I send by this boat dispatch to Porter and Colonel Allen for a ferry-boat to be sent up, and hope it may be hurried forward; otherwise, after crossing, Sherman will be beyond reach of supplies, of which he has now fifteen days’ on wagon train.
S. A. HURLBUT,
(Copy to General Grant.)