War of the Rebellion: Serial 011 Page 0527 Chapter XXII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - CONFEDERATE

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indisposed to-day to go. I judge that work ought to be erected at the point selected by you.

Truly, yours,

W. J. HARDEE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Corinth, Miss., May 18, 1862

General BEAUREGARD:

I shall hold my troops in readiness to take line of battle for offensive operations, but shall not move until the enemy's movements suggest the time.

Respectfully,

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

VAN DORN'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 18, 1862

General BEAUREGARD:

I am forming line of battle just in front of Jones' works, to advance, if necessary. The enemy are driving, or rather attacking, my pickets by the church, near the tan-yard. I have re-enforced the pickets to prevent an easy discovery of my position. I will not advance unless necessary, or until I get word that they are in line in front of you.

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

GENERAL BEAUREGARD'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 18, 1862-10.30 a.m.

General VAN DORN:

Bragg has recalled his troops to their encampments, having ascertained that the enemy was not preparing for battle, but was out only to work.

Let me know in time, if he should turn out again, to support or act with you.

G. T. BEAUREGARD.

CORINTH, May 18, 1862

General BRECKINRIDGE, Present:

GENERAL: The enemy threatens an immediate attack of our lines. Order your troops in position at once. General Bragg will give you further orders.

Your obedient, servant,

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

(Similar orders to Major-General Polk.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

May 18, 1862-3 p.m.

Major-General JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE:

GENERAL: The general commanding has information that the enemy