JACKSON, November 13, 1863.
Major-General VAN DORN:
Have the works directed to be thrown up at Wyatt Ferry, on the opposite side of the river, pushed forward as rapidly as possible; also an abatis constructed on the south side of the river at the ferry.
J. R. WADDY,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF WEST TENNESSEE,
Abbeville, Miss., November 13, 1862.
Commanding Department, Jackson, Miss.:
GENERAL: Reports from citizens say that quite a large number of troops have been moving down the river in the last five or six days. I have a report also, which confirms the report sent me by Colonel Starke, that the enemy are concentrating a force opposite Helena, with the intention of marching toward Grenada. We must have more troops.
Holly Springs was taken by the enemy to-day, having driven off our cavalry pickets at that place. Re-enforcements are reported coming down from Columbus to Jackson and Bolivar. The column of the enemy that marched out of Memphis, in the direction of Hernando, has returned.
I am getting in negroes as fast as possible, and doing what I can with the means at my disposal. Send me all the intrenching tools you can. I think if you can spare Lockett he had better be here to take charge of works, &c.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
EARL VAN DORN,
SALTILLO, November 13, 1862.
It was mistake about Federals crossing river toward Nashville. None went that way; only sick men sent by rail back to Columbus. Troops went from Corinth to Grand Junction and Bolivar. Federal force at Corinth, 3,000; at Rienzi, 600 infantry and 200 cavalry; at Kossuth, 1,600; at Jumpertown, near Blackland, 400.
C. R. BARTEAU,
Magnolia, Miss., November 14, 1862.
General VAN DORN, Abbeville, Miss.:
Do you think there is any prospect of the enemy advancing on you? If so, I will join you at once; if not, I am very anxious to go to Port Hudson. Very important for me to go there.
I await your answer here. I will take me three days.
J. C. PEMBERTON,