HDQRS. ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI Numbers 12. Grenada, Miss., December 23, 1862.
I. Brigadier-General Vaughn's brigade is relieve from duty with General Mayry's division, and will proceed with all dispatch to Vicksburg, Miss., and report to Major-General Smith. Quartermasters will furnish the necessary transportation.
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By ordered of Lieutenant-General Pemberton:
R. W. MEMMINGER,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Grenada, December 24, 1862.
Major General STERLING PRICE,
Commanding Second Corps:
GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs that you immediately order you command to take position by divisions as points most convenient along the line of fortifications.
I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. W. MEMMINGER,
Deer Creek, December 24, 1862.
Lieutenant General J. C. PEMBERTON,
Commanding dept. of Mississippi and East Louisiana, Grenade;
GENERAL: Forty-five of the enemy's transports, with troops, and ten gunboats passed Friar's Point on the 22nd instant. Of this number twenty-four transports and two gunboats had passed Melrose Landing, 5 miles below Prentiss, at 12m. yesterday, 23rd instant. They have not yet reached Greenville, but may be expected early this morning.
I have sent this information to Major-General Smith, at Vicksburg, and he should be in possession of it to-day.
In obedience to your order I have stationed a picket guard at Skipwith's Landing, with orders to report to you promptly any landing of the enemy at that point.
Under the orders of General Smith, of 20th November, I shell march my command in the direction of Vicksburg without delay. Should the enemy attempt to pass across from Skipwith's Landing to the Yazoo I will harass him as much as I can.
Your order of 22nd in reference to conscripts in this district was received last evening.
I remain, general, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Commanding Cavalry.
VICKSBURG, December 25, 1862-2 a. m.
Sixty-four of enemy's boats passed Lake Providence to-night.
Send at once what re-enforcement you intend.
M. L. SMITH.