War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0616 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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IV. Brigadier General W. N. R. Beal is hereby relieved from duty in the Army of the West, and will report to Major-General Van Dorn, at Jackson, Miss.

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By command of General Bragg:

[GEORGE WM. BRENT,]

Acting Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE WEST, Number 47. Priceville, Miss., June 20, 1862.

Having been ordered by the President to assume command of the Department of Southern Mississippi and East Louisiana the undersigned relinquishes command temporarily of the Army of the West.

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE WEST, Number 1. Priceville, Miss., June 20, 1862.

As senior officer present I assume command of the Army of the West.

J. P. McCOWN,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT, Number 78. Tupelo, June 20, 1862.

I. The commander of the forces desires to call the attention of the army to the worthy conduct of Private E. J. Kinney, Company -, Fourth Kentucky Volunteers, in the preservation of public property and army stores at Booneville Station during an attack upon our transportation train at that place by a cavalry force of the enemy on the 30th ultimo. A suitable badge of distinction will be awarded him at some future day, to be announced in orders.

By command of General Bragg:

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Acting Chief of Staf.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Tupelo, Miss., June 21, 1862.

Brigadier-General PRESTON,

Commanding Reserve Corps, Army of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: From information received and considered reliable, the general commanding deems it imprudent for you to advance beyond the Tallahatchie River, as the enemy is in considerable force with large re-enforcements at Grand Junction and Memphis. You will therefore extend your line to and hold that river.

The general further directs that you will hold your command in readiness to execute any orders received from Major-General Van Dorn, who has succeeded Major-General Lovell in command. It is reported that the enemy will soon make a demonstration in force either against Vicksburg or Canton, and all available troops will be needed.

Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

GEO. G. GARNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.