DE SOTO, December 25, 1862.
Sixty-four boats passed Transylvania, which is 65 miles above here, at 11 o'clock last night. They ran with lights, at a rate of 18 miles an hour. There are now eighty-one boats between this and Lake Providence.
TALLULAH, December 25, 1862.
I have about 550 men. The pickets report 6,000 on shore between Milliken's Bend and Morancy's. They came down at 12 o'clock last night, moment after I had left the pickets.
GRENADA, MISS., December 25, 1862.
Major General MARTIN L. SMITH:
A brigade left here night before last. Another will be sent as soon as transportation can be had.
J. E. JOHNSON,
VICKSBURG, December 25, 1862.
Major-General MAURY, Vaughan's Station, Miss.:
Leave the regiment of Heberts brigade, now at Vaughan's, there Come on to Vicksburg with the rest of your division as quickly as possible.
J. C. PEMBERTON,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY OUTPOST,
December 25, 1862.
Major General W. W. LORING, Commanding First Corps, &c.:
GENERAL: My scouts have just returned, and report the enemy sa having crossed Yocona River with whole force. They are moving off on all the roads leading north and quite a large force moving west. The scouts passed thought all their encampments on this side of the river and represent them as being very extensive. Their route was up thought Paris and returned thought Water Valley.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. R. WITHERS,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Cavalry.
Grenade, December 25, 1862.
Respectfully-forwarded. Statement of Colonel withers that the enemy are still fanlight back. Scouts report that the enemy have burned the railroad bridge across the Yocona.
W. W. LORING,