War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0746 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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V. The enemy will be fought on this line and corps commanders will arrange matters to that end.

VI. Captain H. L. Boone, assistant quartermaster, is assigned to duty as post quartermaster, and Captain Payne as post commissary.

VII. Corps commanders will remain as near as possible at the most convenient position to their corps; division and brigade commanders will remain immediately with their commands.

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By order of General Van Dorn:

M. M. KIMMEL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, MISS., November 11, 1862.

Major General EARL VAN DORN, Abbeville, Miss.:

I have just received the following telegram, viz:

I have pretty information that Federal forces are crossing Tennessee River and going toward Nashville. The force left at Corinth is exceedingly small.

C. R. BARTEAU.

Send at once reliable persons to ascertain any movement of enemy from Grand Junction, Davis' Mill, &c; also from Corinth. Direct the scouts to be as prompt as possible and report only what is reliable.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

ABBEVILLE, November 11, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Scouts report that the enemy have fallen back from Coldwater to Wolf River, and our cavalry still in possession of Holly Springs.

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

ABBEVILLE, November 11, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Dispatch from Colonel Starke informs me that 2,000 infantry, 500 cavalry, and 4 pieces artillery encamped last night 12 miles north of Hernando. I have ordered Jackson to send out scouts in their rear to ascertain definitely what force is in that road. Heard yesterday that Memphis had been re-enforced. Will send a brigade mounted Texans and battery to-morrow morning to crossings above Panola unless your order me to the contrary. All quiet in front. Holly Springs in our possession.

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

JACKSON, MISS., November 11, 1862.

Lieutenant-Colonel BARTEAU:

Send reliable scouts, citizens or soldiers, to ascertain certainly the movements of the enemy about Corinth; also whether any movement is being made from Grand Junction, Bolivar, &c. Report by telegraph as well as by mail.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.