Believing I had fully carried out Acting Brigadier-General Dudley's instructions I started on my return, when I discovered three of the enemy at a short distance in the wood, pursued them, caught them, and turned them over to the guard.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. M. MAGEE,
Captain 2nd Unattached Mass. Cav., Comdg. Detached Expedition.
No. 11. Reports of Major General Franklin Gardner, C. S. Army, commanding at Port Hudson, of operations March 7-26, with correspondence and orders.
PORT HUDSON, March 9, 1863.
(Received March 9, 1863.)
Large re-enforcements arrived at Baton Rouge yesterday and day before, Force cannot be less than 30,000.
JACKSON, March 9, 1863.
Your telegram of 9th received. You have now all the force I can give you. The odds are large against, but I am too much pressed on all sides to give you move. Endeavor to get inall the subsistence you can. I believe you will whip their demoralized army.
J. C. PEMBERTON,
Major General FRANKLIN GARDNER,
Port Hudson, La.
PORT HUDSON, LA., March 10, 1863.
The lieutenant of the Essex is reported arrested for treason. My advanced pickets have been driven in.
JACKSON, March 10, 1863.
Lieutenant-Colonel Miller, at Ponchatoula, telegraph as reliable the following information:
General Banks left New Orleans for Baton Rouge, Saturday. Will attack Clinton first with 8,000 men and then railroad. Barges ready at New Basin to transport 800 to Pass Manchac, to march up road to Ponchatoula.