from Pollard to General Pemberton several weeks ago. I have there only a few companies of cavalry to guard the front and but one infantry regiment. I have no other infantry in the department. My entire garrison for the water and land defenses of Mobile is one regiment acting as artillery. I am sending now the only cavalry battalion left me. Only three small companies remain to guard the coast towards Pascagoula.
Cannot General Beauregard send me re-enforcements? The enemy are making another raid down the railroad in Mississippi.
S. B. BUCKNER,
SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS, No. 125.
Port Hudson, La., May 3, 1863.
I. Colonel Brown with his command will remain at Williams' Bridge. Colonel Miles with his Legion will take post at Olive Branch. The senior officer will command the whole, cavalry included, and take charge of all positions of the outpost up to Clinton and Tangipahoa.
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By command of Major General Frank. Gardner:
VICKSBURG, May 4, 1863.
Major General FRANK. GARDNER, Port Hudson:
You must come and bring with you 5,000 infantry. Leave Beall in command. Bring Maxey. Call in outpost except cavalry. Bring cavalry enough to protect your flanks on march, leaving sufficient artillery for defense of Port Hudson.
J. C. PEMBERTON,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI,
Shreveport, May 4, 1863.
Commanding, &c., Houston, Tex.:
GENERAL: You will concentrate without delay at some point near Niblett's Bluff the following troops: Col. C. L. Pyron's regiment, Col. J. Bates' regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Spaight's battalion, with supplies and transportation for an active campaign.
The regiment of Colonel Gould will be armed in the best possible manner and sent to supply the place now occupied by Colonel Bates' regiment.
By command of Lieutenant-General Smith:
W. R. BOGGS,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.