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VICKSBURG, MISS., December 25, 1862.

Major T. B. REED,

Commissary of Subsistence, Second District:

MAJOR: I am informed by Mr. G. Messenger, who is interested in that section of country, that on the Sunflower River there is an immense quantity of corn which the planters are anxious to dispose of to the Government. They say that if encouraged they will haul it to the landing during this dry spell of weather, which is not certain to last long, and then as the rise of the river must occur soon it can be boated away. Please give this matter early and special attention.

I am, major, yours, respectfully,

JNO. G. DEVEROUX,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

VICKSBURG, December 26, 1862.

Major L. MIMS,

Chief Quartermaster, Jackson, Miss.:

I have ordered Maury's division to Vaughan's Station. Send transportation for 4,000 troops to Grenada at once; also, if possible, for four field batteries; but do not interfere with transportation from Jackson or Meridan for Vicksburg. Acknowledge.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

GRENADA, December 26, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Aggregate effective strength of General Maury's division as follows: Infantry, 3,726; artillery, 409. Aggregate, 4,135.

W. W. LORING,

Major-General, Commanding.

VICKSBURG, December 26, 1862.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON, Jackson, Miss.:

Brigadier General S. D. Lee reports enemy lending at Mrs. Lake's, 8 miles above; two regiments, infantry and cavalry.

I have ordered Maury's division at once to Vaughan's Station.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

VICKSBURG, December 26, 1862.

Major General J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Jackson;

Push forward the troops as rapidly as possible. The enemy is landing

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.