a battery near the obstructions; number of troops (Confederate and State); should there be any Confederate troops, name the regiments and a roster of officers. You will make a similar inspection at Vicksburg, and carry out the instructions concerning troops, giving as far as practicable their positions, &c.
J. R. WADDY,
JACKSON, MISS., October 25, 1862.
Honorable GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,
Secretary of War:
I request that all conscripts from Mississippi and Louisiana be assigned to regiments in this department. More troops are greatly needed. Cannot some of Holmes' be spared?
J. C. PEMBERTON,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE WEST,
October 26, 1862.
MAJOR: The following regiments were ordered to report for duty at Meridian:
From General Bowen's division:
Fourteenth Arkansas, Captain Fowler; Sixteenth Arkansas, Colonel Provence; Seventeenth Arkansas, Captain Dotson; Eighteenth Arkansas, Captain Barnett; Adams' Arkansas, Colonel Adams; Jones' Arkansas battalion, Major Wilson.
From General Maury's division:
Forty-ninth and Fifty-fifth Tennessee, Colonel Bailey; Forty-second Tennessee, Colonel Quarles; First Mississippi, Fifty-third Tennessee, Ninth Tennessee, Forty-sixth Tennessee, and Twenty-seventh Alabama, Colonel Simonton.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISSISSIPPI AND EAST LOUISIANA,
Jackson, October 28, 1862.
Major General EARL VAN DORN,
Commanding, Holly Springs:
GENERAL: You will cause all men between the ages eighteen and thirty-five years now attached to corps of Partisan Rangers, who have been enrolled in those corps since July 31, 1862, to be enrolled as conscripts, their connection with partisan organizations after that date being in positive violation of the orders of the President of the Confederate States. Colonel T. W. White, Ninth Mississippi Volunteers, has been duly authorized to enroll the men referred to under your command. You are requested to afford every facility for the accomplishment of
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