War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0763 Chapter XXIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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ABBEVILLE, November 27, 1862.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

The enemy is advancing in force; crossed a considerable force from Helena; is also moving down the river in boats. I am told General Holmes objects to sending 10,000 men ordered to Vicksburg; it is essential to its safety. I hope the order will be reiterated at once. I have no doubt we shall soon be attacked by greatly superior force. A strong demonstration also against Port Hudson.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

JACKSON, November 27, 1862.

Major-General SMITH,

Vicksburg:

The enemy reported as moving down from Memphis and in front, and gunboats, transports, mortar-boats, and rams are said to have gone down yesterday.

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ABBEVILLE, November 27, 1862.

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Turn all troops ordered from Columns, Ponchatoula, and Jackson to this place to Vicksburg at once.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General.

PANOLA, November 27, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

The following dispatch has just been received:

SENATOBIA, November 27, 1862.

Colonel STARKE:

Enemy advancing. They are near my pickets.

G. L. BLYTHER.

C. B. BUCKNER,

Captain, Commanding Twenty-eighth Mississippi Volunteers.

PANOLA, November 27, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Enemy advancing in three columns of 10,000 each on State Line, Pigeon Roost, and Hernando roads; had not reached Coldwater at latest advices from our pickets. Large number of troops reported on this side the Mississippi River, but no advance this way indicated yet. I have 60 pickets in that direction and a scouting party toward Helena. This command guarding approaches north of Tallahatchie. Obstructions and fortifications here progressing rapidly.

E. P. JONES,

Major, Commanding.