War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0741 Chapter XXIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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four of cavalry. Nothing yet from the direction of Corinth; may have to-night. Will keep you advised.

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

HOLLY SPRINGS, MISS., November 4, 1862.

Major-General PRICE,

Commanding Second Corps:

GENERAL: The enemy are advancing and have driven in our pickets at La Grange and Grand Junction.

Have your command placed in readiness to move at once. Cook three days' rations.

Reported thirty regiments infantry and four cavalry. Have no report yet from direction of Corinth; may have to-night.

Have sick in readiness to be sent to the rear by cars.

Respectfully,

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

HOLLY SPRINGS, MISS., November 4, 1862.

(Received 11.30 p.m.)

Major General STERLING PRICE,

Commanding Second Corps:

GENERAL: I have ordered the bridge across the Tallahatchie repaired to-night and well guarded, but had better send a discreet officer there to-night to see that it is in condition for your train to pass to-morrow morning. I desire that you will please move your train to-morrow morning across the Tallahatchie, but hold your troops where they are until further orders, of course with their three days' cooked rations.

Have your train parked just beyond the river, near Abbeville.

General Lovell will move his train back to where your camp now is and across the river, if possible. The enemy are moving from Corinth toward Saulsbury on the State Line road.

Respectfully,

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Jackson, Miss., November 4, 1862.

Major General STERLING PRICE,

Commanding, &c., near Holly Springs:

GENERAL: I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say he does not desire that you should order more horses for that portion of your cavalry force which is now dismounted, the proportion of cavalry in relation to the infantry of the army being already too great. Such horses as you may have already obtained you will use in mounting additional men but it is not desired that you should increase your present cavalry force to any extent.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.