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VICKSBURG, November 28, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Two gunboats, one steam-tug, and two transports passed Lake Provindence at 8 o'clock this morning down river.

M. L. SMITH.

ABBEVILLE, November 28, 1862.

Major J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I do not wish any cavalry to go from Columbus. If any has gone to New Albany let it return to the front of Columbus on the line of the railroad.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

ABBEVILLE, November 28, 1862.

General PEMBERTON:

Enemy advancing from Mississippi River fired with artillery at pickets near mouth of Coldwater. Cavalry had better return. Reported crossing Tallahotchie with cavalry at sundown this evening. I will send the Tobytubby cavalry to that point.

EARL VAN DORN,

Major-General.

YOCANA, November 28, 1862. (Received November 29, 1862.)

JEFFERSON DAVIES,

President:

General Holmes informs me he cannot send a man from his army, but will send Sibley's cavalry brigade from Texas. That will help Vicksburg but little; to save it I shall compelled to withdrawn from Tallahatchie unless General Bragg co-operates at once with me.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

General COOPER:

Has General Holmes replied to your dispatch? I am disappointed by a renewed attempt to withdraw Sibley's brigade from the special service for which it was designed, and a refusal to send a man when he asks from an addition of 20,000 muskets to his previous supply.

Please attend to this dispatch, as connected with yours to Generals Holmes and Bragg.

J. D.

NOVEMBER 29, 1862.

The PRESIDENT:

I have received no reply to my dispatch to General Holmes in respect to re-enforcements from his command for defense of Vicksburg.

In respect to General Sibley's brigade, which he had some time since ordered to Virginia in answer to my early telegraph to send five Texas regiments to Virginia on the suggestion of Senator Wigfall, but which