War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0824 Chapter XXIX. WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISS. AND EAST LA., Numbers 5 [21]. Grenada, January 2, 1863.

Hereafter the organization of the army, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, will be as follows, viz:

The army will consist of two division, to be known as First and Second Division, and commanded, respectively, by Major General W. W. Loring and Major General Sterling Price. Each division will consist of two brigades.

First Division comprises Tilghman's brigade, Rust's brigade, and Waul's Texas Legion, Colonel Waul commanding.

General Tilghman will take command of the brigade hitherto under command of Brigadier-General Baldwin.

The command hitherto known as Rust';s division is merged into one brigade, to be known as Rust's brigade.

Second Division comprises Bowen's brigade and Green's brigade. The command hitherto known as Bowen's division is resolved into two brigades, Brigadier-General Bowen taking command of one, Brigadier-General Green having command of the other.

The light batteries will reaming as at present organized, with the exception of being attached to division in place of corps.

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By ordered of Lieutenant-General Pemberton:

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant-Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FORCES IN FRONT,

Chickasaw Bluffs, January 2, 1863.

Colonel J. H. MORRISON, Aide-de-Camp. of Miss. and E. La.:

COLONEL: I send herewith the nearest approximation that can be made to the strength of my command. Under the existing circumstances, most of the troops being in the trenches, it is impossible to make a field return:

Vaughn................................................1,678

Gregg.................................................1,290

Barton................................................2,100

Tracy.................................................1,850

Maury.................................................6,600

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13,518

Two brigades (nine regiments) are now absent and are not included; about 4,000 strong.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General, Commanding.

Return of a part of First Brigade, First Division, commanded by Brigadier General S. M. Barton, January 2, 1863.

40th Georgia, Colonel Johnson............................365

42nd Georgia, Colonel Henderson...........................450

43rd Georgia, Colonel Harris..............................404

52 Georgia, Colonel Philips..............................377

Anderson's battery........................................46

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Aggregate present......................................1,642

S. M. BARTON,

Brigadier-General.