OR, Series 1, Vol. 45, Part 2, Page 697

Montgomery, Ala., December 16, 1864
Lieut. Gen. R. Taylor
   Seven hundred Yankee cavalry struck Mobile & Great Northern Railroad at Escambia at 8 o'clock yesterday morning, and were opposite Pollard at 9 a. m. This I learn by special messenger sent yesterday after the wires ceased. Will hasten in that direction all troops in reach. I have difficulty about arms and ammunition.
George Wm. Brent
Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General
(Also sent to Maj. Gen. D. H. Maury, Mobile)