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place against occupation. This will be done at all hazard, even through this beautiful and devoted city should be laid in ruins and ashes. By order of Major General Earl Van Dorn:


Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA., June 29, 1862.

General BRAGG, Tupelo, Miss.:

Your department is extended so as to embrace that part of Louisiana east of the Mississippi, the entire States of Mississippi and Alabama, and the portion of Georgia and Florida west of the Chattahoochee and Apalochicola Rivers.* You can take charge of the Selma and Meridian connection, but the only funds appropriated to the work are the $400,000 authorized by Congress to be loaned to the Alabama and Mississippi Railroad Company. They can disburse it under your directions. After two days' fighting McClellan is in a critical position. Large re-enforcements are expect from the West. Strike the moment an opportunity offers.


Secretary of War.

Abstract from Monthly Report of the District of the Gulf, commanded by Brigadier General John H. Forney, C. S. Army, June 30, 1862.

Present for duty.

Commandin Troops. Offic Men. Effec Aggre Aggreg Remar

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Brigadier Army of 227 2,699 3,200 4,626 5,516 Parti

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Col. W. Second 61 914 1,007 1,181 1,332 armed

L. Brigade

Powell. .

Col. [J. Detachm 140 2,098 2,178 2,753 3,106 Do.

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Colk. Troops 20 352 380 567 664 Unarm

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Smith. Mount


Grand ....... 448 6,330 6,765 9,127 10,618


TANGIPAHOA, LA., July 1, 1862.

Captain I. N. BROWN,

C. S. Gunboat Arkansas, Yazoo River:

SIR: A detail of 126 men was made at Grenada from General Jeff. Thompson's troops and ordered to report to you before I was relieved from command of the special department. Telegraph General Thompson near Panola.


Brigadier-General, Commanding.


* See Special Orders of My 26 and June 25, pp. 746, 766.