NP, RE 3/23/1864

From the Richmond Enquirer
March 23, 1864
The Work of Sherman's Expedition into Mississippi
   ***** The following are extracts from a long and elaborate report in the Tribune of the expedition:
   A number of small expeditions were sent from Meridian in different directions for the purpose of destroying whatever might benefit the rebellion. Among the places devastated were Enterprise, Marion, Quitman, Hillsboro', Canton, Lake Station, Decatur, Bolton and Lauderdale Springs. At Enterprise the depot, two flour mills, 15,000 bushels of corn, 2000 bales of fine cotton branded C. S. A., two military hospitals, and several new buildings connected with a parole camp were laid in ashes.
   At Marion the railroad station, wood-house and a few small buildings were burned. Quitman was visited, and two flour mills, a fine saw mill, railroad depot and other storage buildings, with several thousand feet of lumber, fell a prey to the fire king. At Hillsboro' several stores were set on fire. Seventeen damaged locomotives, six locomotives in fine running order, a number of cars, and a repair shop; with hand-cars, quantities of sleepers and tool-house, were destroyed at Canton, all belonging to the Mississippi Central railroad.
   Our troops raised sad havoc with the Mobile & Ohio and the Southern railroad lines, inflicting such damage as a million dollars cannot repair. The Southern road was torn up, rails twisted, and sleepers burned from Jackson o twenty miles east of meridian to Cuba station. The Mobile & Ohio road was destroyed for fifty-six miles, extending from Quitman to Lauderdale Springs. Five costly bridges were totally destroyed; the one spanning the Chickasawhay river was two hundred and ten feet long, with trestle-work which required four months' hard labour of hundreds of mechanics to construct it. It was a substantial, covered bridge. The bridges over the Octchibacah, Alligator, Tallasha and Chunky rivers were also burned. The destruction of this road will prevent the rebels from reinforcing Mobile by rail, and effectually cut off the fertile region of country in Northern Mississippi, from which they derived immense subsistence supplies.