HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 4th.
Hon. E. M. Stanton;– Your dispatch is received. A soldier’s highest reward for service is to merit and received the approbation of his superior officers
An expedition from Bridgeport crossed the river, May 1st, advanced towards Chattanooga, 12 miles, and captured stores and a southern mail from some railroad hands.
A panic prevailed at Chattanooga. The enemy is moving all his property in the direction of Atlanta. Gen. Leadbeater had been chastised for cowardice at Bridgeport. There were not more than 20,000 troops at Chattanooga. They destroyed a slatpetre manufactory in a cave, and returned safely with the captured property.
Another expedition penetrated to Jasper and found a strong Union feeling. On the same day they had a skirmish with the enemy’s cavalry at Athens. Our outposts were driven back, but on being reinforced the enemy retreated in the direction of Florence. There are straggling bands of mounted citizens along my entire line, threatening the bridges, one of which they succeeded in destroying.
O. M. MITCHELL,
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, May 6, 1862, p. 1