War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0755 Chapter XXIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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ville, two regiments; at Rienzi, Western Sharpshooters, 350; Seventh Kansas Cavalry, 275; part of Second Iowa, 360; Sixth Illinois, 500; Major Fight [?] or Colonel Mercer commanding. On Sunday one regiment of cavalry went from Rienzi to join the forces on outpost toward Holly Springs.

C. R. BATEAU,

Colonel.

(Telegraphed to Van Dorn same day.)

HEADQUARTERS MISSISSIPPI AND EAST LOUISIANA, Jackson, Miss., November 20, 1862.

Major R. H. CUNEY,

Chief Commissary of Subsistence, Jackson:

MAJOR: I am instructed by Lieutenant-General Pemberton to inform you that you will keep on hand at Vicksburg, Miss., as supply of rations for 10,000 men for five months.

I am, respectfully,

J. R. WADDY.

[Indorsement.]

Respectfully referred to Major Reed, who will please return this letter. The 10,000 men are additional to those now here.

JNO. G. DEVEREUX,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

TULLAHOMA, November 21, 1862.

General S. COOPER:

To send re-enforcements from here to General Pemberton would require the evacuation of Middle Tennessee. The enemy in our front if now largely superior in numbers. Immense supplies of subsistence would be sacrificed. General Pemberton telegraphs to-day the enemy concentrating on his front at Grant Junction. I send a large cavalry force under Forrest to create a diversion by assailing their rear and communications in West Tennessee. Have sent 3,000 muskets to General Pemberton. Have received no orders extending my command.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

TULLAHOMA, November 21, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

A large cavalry force under Forrest starts to operate in the enemy's rear and create a diversion in your favor. Cannot move infantry across the Tennessee.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

VICKSBURG, MISS., November 21, 1862.

Major-General VAN DORN:

I have but one regiment available; that is at Jackson, about 400 strong. I only wish the brigade referred to to be in position to move at