Casualties are light: each side loses about 50 men. Union Victory.
—Of this battle, a young Union officer named Luman Harris Tenny, serving in Blunt’s army, writes this in his journal:
—Capt. William Thompson Lusk, a Connecticut man serving in a New York regiment, receives his long-expected promotion to Major in his regiment, making him the third-highest rank therein. He writes home in jubilation to his mother:
You will rejoice with me on hearing that the Postman has just brought me a large envelope stamped with the State Seal, containing a Commission for Major W. T. Lusk! Hurrah! And Hurrah a second time, because I was too much for his honor, Lt.-Col. Morrison!
I surmised he would play Will a shabby trick and recommend another, and I was ready for him. I wrote to the Gov.’s secretary that he might nominate a fellow named More, but that Farnsworth, I was pretty sure, preferred Capt. Lusk. Sure enough!
—Charles Francis Adams, Jr., of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry Reg., writes home to complain of the conditions for bivouac and campaigning for the Army of the Potomac near Fredericksburg, and how a winter campaign is out of the question:
—Cavalry skirmishing between Rebel cavalry and a detachment of the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry ends with the Federals being beaten off and losing some prisoners, near Falmouth. Jeb Stuart with Lee’s cavalry are beginning to harry and probe the Union encampment and positions.
—According to the New-Albany Ledger, Gen. A.P. Hovey, with nearly 7,000 Federal infantry and cavalry, are ferried over the Mississippi River to Delta, near the confluence of the Yazoo and Coldwater Rivers, where the force landed and camped. The aim of this expedition is to threaten the western flank of Gen. Price in northern Mississippi while Sherman from Memphis and Grant from La Grange threaten the Rebel front. Hovey’s troops are inteded to march across the Yazoo country, aiming for Grenada, Mississippi.
—The State of Georgia, abetted by the irascible Governor Joe Brown, issues a proclamation which declares that military conscription by the Confederate government is illegal and unconstitutional.