War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0692 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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Holly Springs in a few days. Will join you, or you me, according to circumstances. I think we can maneuver enemy out of his position without fight. Some returned prisoners at Vicksburg. How many arms have you? If enemy remain at Corinth better join me west of that place.

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE TENNESSEE, Tupelo, Miss., September 4, 1862.

Major General EARL VAN DORN,

Commanding District of the Mississippi:

GENERAL: One of your staff officers [Colonel Lomax] having requested me to do so, I state for your information that I can put in the field 13,000 infantry, 3,000 cavalry, and 800 artillery, effective total: that they are supplied with transportation and ammunition, as prescribed in General Bragg's last general orders; that subsistence has been provided to October 1; that the commissary trains will transport seven days' provisions, and that I will have arms for all my troops, including those exchanged prisoners that General Bragg has ordered to be sent to me.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

STERLING PRICE,

Major-General, Commanding.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN., September 4, 1862.

General STERLING PRICE, Tupelo, Miss.:

Governor Shorter, of Alabama, telegraphs me that the enemy is ravaging the country on the railroad south of the Tennessee River, in Alabama, and calls on me to send troops to relief of country. He must mean country from Decatur west, in your jurisdiction. I have no force to send. Cannot you organize expedition by way of Russellville and co-operate with Roddey, understood to be about Moulton, and let your scouts on the right communicate with mine on my left?

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Number 59. Jackson, Miss., September 4, 1862.

I. General Breckinridge will move his division by railroad to Holly Springs, commencing the movement Saturday, the 6th instant. The quartermaster's department will see that the necessary trains are prepared, so that the movement may be made with the least delay possible.

By order of Major General Earl Van Dorn:

M. M. KIMMEL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF THE TENNESSEE, Tupelo, Miss., September 5, 1862.

Major General EARL VAN DORN,

Commanding District of the Mississippi, Jackson, Miss.:

GENERAL: I have received your reply to my letter of the 2nd instant, and regret very much that you cannot move in this direction at once.