War of the Rebellion: Serial 011 Page 0405 Chapter XXII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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to the front and report at once to Brigadier-General Breckinridge, with two days' provisions, and as many led horses as possible, for the purpose of bringing off the wounded of our army to this place. They will also bring back all arms that may be found or collected on the field.

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By command of General Beauregard:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

CORINTH, April 9, 1862.

General VAN DORN,

Des Arc:

Hurry your forces as rapidly as possible. I believe we can whip them again. The enemy, having been largely re-enforced on the night of the 6th with fresh troops from Buell's army, attacked us early next morning, but our forces defended their position heroically until about 1 o'clock p.m., when, finding the enemy was still being re-enforced, made all necessary preparation for returning to this place-a movement which was part of plan contemplated when the offensive was taken. It was never intended to hold a position so near the river. I only regret, however, it could not be held long enough to secure all of the immense amount of artillery stores and supplies captured on the 6th instant.


APRIL 9, 1862.



Some of my troops are badly armed. Can you let me have some arms? If so, can you have them sent to me at Memphis? Hope further success.


CORINTH, April 9, 1862.

General VAN DORN:

I regret have none; could not remove all I took, but we will take more. Come on.


CHATTANOOGA, April 9, 1862.

Major-General E. KIRBY SMITH:

In reply to telegram sent to commanding general at Corinth of condition of things by your order this dispatch just received:

CORINTH, April 9, 1862.

Can any of said forces be sent here immediately for the coming battle; if so, what portion?


The Twenty-fourth Mississippi, Forty-first Georgia, detachment of Twenty-sixth Tennessee, and Kain's little company here, besides a