HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE WEST,
In Camp, near Corinth, Miss., May 15, 1862-12 p.m.
GENERAL: Your message in regard to my picket just received. I have sent out to inquire in regard to it. Colonel Bradfute informs me that his orders to the regiment were to fall back on the Danville road, to the works on that road by General Jones' headquarters; that the regiment was stationed at the intersection of the roads. He has been sent out to examine into it and to rectify the mistake, if any.
Reports of my scouts this evening confirm the first report, that the enemy are fortifying near the mill on Seven Mile Creek. Nothing has been seen of them this side of Farmington. Country people report that they are concentrating in force about 7 miles north of Farmington.
Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
EARL VAN DORN,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE,
Knoxville, May 15, 1862
Brigadier General C. L. STEVENSON,
Commanding, &c., Cumberland Gap:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to state to you that he has received information of a large body of the enemy being engaged near Cumberland Gap in clearing a road across the mountains.
He desires that you get all possible information as to whether these reports are well founded. Brigadier General S. M. Barton has been directed to examine the country between his position and yours. The commanding general desires that you co-operate with him as far as you may, be able, and also have the country on your right examined, as he is apprehensive of an attempt on the part of enemy to turn your position in that direction.
It is reported that the principal part of the force above referred to consists of refugees from Tennessee, who are employed by the United States Government, and work day and night.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Abstract from field return of the Army of the Mississippi, commanded by General G. T. Beauregard, May 15, 1862
Present for duty
Infantry Cavalry Artillery
Troops Officers Men Officers Men Officer
Army of the 2,870 32,168 ---- ---- 80
Army of the 1,093 11,531 ---- ---- 47
Western ---- ---- 199 2,351
Grand total 3,963 43,699 199 2,351 127
Troops Men. Effective Aggregate Aggregate
total present present
Army of the 863 35,705 52,349 76,478
Army of the 488 12,901 17,891 28,214
Western ---- 2,612 4,039 6,153
Grand total 1,351 51,218 74, 279 110,845