OR, Series 1, Vol. 32, Part 3, Page 579

Demopolis, Ala.
March 3, 1864
Lieut. Col. T. F. Sevier
Assistant Inspector-General
   I have the honor to make the following report of the reconnaissance which I made in obedience to orders from department headquarters dated February 23:
   I proceeded down the Mobile & Ohio Railroad as far as Enterprise, having struck the road at Meridian, and I found that the enemy had torn up the road in spots from Lauderdale Springs to the bridge over the Chickasawha, which is a short distance below Quitman. The damage done to the road extends over a distance of 48 miles, but not more than about 30 miles of the road is actually damaged. The damage to the road consists in the bridges being burned and the cross-ties burned, and the rails bent for the distance which I have named. The damage done to the Southern {(of Mississippi)} road was very much the same as that done to the Mobile & Ohio. The tunnel was damaged very little, the masonry at each end being simply knocked in. The Mississippi & Alabama River road was destroyed in the same way as the other roads for 9 miles. The telegraph wires on the Mississippi & Alabama River {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR} road were destroyed for 9 miles, the wire in some places having been burned, a good many of the posts cut down, and a good many of the glasses broken. Upon the Mobile & Ohio road the damage to the wires was very much the same as upon the Mississippi & Alabama River road.
   When I left Cuba Station, 21 miles this side of Meridian, last Wednesday morning, the wires were up from Mobile to Meridian, or within a short distance of it. Nothing, however, had been done toward repairing the lines from this place to Meridian. At Meridian I found that the enemy had burned and destroyed all of the Government houses except one house, in which a family was living. They also burned a good deal of private property, consisting of two hotels and all the stores in the place, as well as the Clarion office. In Enterprise all of the Government houses were burned, as well as a good deal of private property. The bridge across the river was also burned. All the cotton along the road was burned.
I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. H. Polk
First Lieutenant and Actg. Asst. Insp. Gen.