War of the Rebellion: Serial 021 Page 0859 Chapter XXVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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V. Such militia and partisans as may be called out on the frontier will be under the command of Governor Baylor.

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By command of Brigadier General P. O. Hebert:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, MISS., November 9, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Abbeville, Miss.:

General Villepigue has been very ill for several days; is not expected to recover. Shall General Beal take command of General V.'s forces? They want a general officer.


Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, MISS., November 9, 1862.

General BEALL, Port Hudson:

Assume command of once of the reserve corps near your post formerly commanded by Brigadier-General Villepigue.


Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, November 10, 1862.

General JOHN H. FORNEY, Mobile, Ala.:

The suspension of writ of habeas corpus in Mobile and 10 miles around, including the fortifications in that harbor, is not to be considered as authorizing the trial by military courts of civilians for offenses committed, but only as holding them in duress for those offenses.


Adjutant and Inspector General.


Bayou Teche, November 10, 1862.

Lieutenant General J. C. PEMBERTON,

Commanding Department, Jackson, Miss.:

GENERAL: I seize the first opportunity to write you concerning the condition of affairs in this locality.

I heard nothing from General Mouton relative to the landing of the enemy and operations on the La Fourche until the 31st October, although the enemy landed at Donaldsonville on the 25th, and by reason of the established line of couriers and telegraph I could have received information from the La Fourche in thirty-six hours.

As soon as I heard of the state of affairs in this portion of the State I hastened to the Teche. On the road I met numbers of citizens removing their families and negroes, and alarm and confusion amount int to a panic seemed to have seized the public mind. On my arrival I found