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and train of cars near La Fayette Station, Memphis and Charleston Railroad, on the 25th ultimo.

On the 30th ultimo another detachment, under command of Major Duckworth, in the same vicinity, dashed upon the enemy's pickets and killed 6 and captured 8, with slight casualty to this own command. These affairs are happy presages of the spirit with which this army is prepared to enter upon the impending campaign in emulation of the heroic deeds of our brothers in arms and in blood in Virginia.

By command of General Bragg:


Chief of Staff.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Number 22. Tupelo, Miss., July 5, 1862.

In compliance with General Orders, Number 89, Paragraph III, dated Headquarters Department Number 2, Tupelo, Miss., July 2, 1862, General Bragg relinquishes the command of the Army of the Mississippi to Major-General Hardee.

By command of General Bragg:


Assistant Adjutant-General.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Number 23. Tupelo, Miss., July 5, 1862.

In obedience to General Orders, Number 89, from Headquarters of Department Number 2, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Army of the Mississippi.

The following officer are announced as the staff: Captain T. B. Roy, assistant adjutant-general; Lieutenant D. H. Poole, acting assistant adjutant-general; Lieutenant D. G. White and Captain T. S. Hardee, aided-de-camp; Lieutenant Colonel E. D. Blake, inspector-general; Major W. D. Pickett, Lieutenant Colonel S. L. Black, and Lieutenant T. W. Hunt, assistant inspectors-general; Colonel John C. Moore, judge-advocate; Lieutenant W. W. Wilkins, assistant judge-advocate; Captain L. Hoxton, chief of artillery; Surg. D. W. Yandell, medical director; Surg. A. L. Breysacher, medical inspector; Major L. O. Bridewell, chief quartermaster; Major M. J. Wicks, chief commissary; Colonel S. H. Perkins and Captain Henry Flash, volunteer aides-de-camp.




Tupelo, Miss., July 6, 1862.

Captain W. C. BACOT,

Commanding Alabama Cavalry:

CAPTAIN: You will effect a crossing of the Tennessee River at the most practicable point with your command, and thence watch as closely as practicable the movements of the enemy. You will hang upon his rear, intercept his communications, cut off his forage parties and supply trains, capture his couriers and mails, and do all in your power to harass and annoy him.