War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0762 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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PANOLA, MISS., November 26, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

The following just received from Major Blythe, November 25, 1862:

The whole Federal force in Memphis are under marching orders and will move to-morrow morning at 5 a. m. They move in the direction of Hernando.

E. P. JONES,

Major, Commanding.

JACKSON, MISS., November 26, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

General Smith reports that the gunboats have left on their way back; did not descend below Ashton, near Grand Lake.

Colonel Adams has sent the men ordered, leaving at Columbus 300 militia, 1 battery, and 80 heavy artillerists. I ordered Captain Landis this morning to proceed with his battery to Abbeville; it came from that post here to be fixed up.

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

PANOLA, November 26, 1862.

Major-General VAN DORN:

Federal fleet of transports, gunboats, mortars, and rams passed yesterday below Helena. Enemy re-enforcing and have 15,000 on this bank, opposite Helena. This information believed reliable.

E. P. JONES,

Major, Commanding.

ABBEVILLE, November 26, 1862-1 p. m. (Received November 27, 1862.)

Major J. R. WADDY:

Generals Pemberton and Van Dorn are not here. The enemy reported moving down from Memphis and in front, and gunboats, transports, mortar-boats, and rams are said to have gone down yesterday. I believe the attack is to be on Vicksburg. The generals are expected to-morrow. Your dispatches received. I suggest that the Holmes matter needs your attention, as the general may not return until late to-morrow.

EDW'D DILLON,

Major, C. S. Army.

JACKSON, November 27, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Richmond:

Major-General Smith, at Vicksburg, telegraphs me as follows:

Inform General Pemberton that General Holmes is understood as objecting to troops going from his command to Vicksburg. Another order from the War Department is necessary.

General Pemberton is with the army at Abbeville, Miss.

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.