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JACKSON, January 13, 1863.

major-General VAN DORN, Grenada:

General Bragg considers Forrest essential to him in Middle Tennessee. I'll try to find Colonel Cosby.

J. E. JOHNSTON.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION, Numbers 1. Grenada, Miss., January 13, 1863.

By order of the lieutenant-general commanding the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana the undersigned assumes command of all the cavalry in his department, with the exception of that in District Numbers 2. Complete reports, exhibiting the strength and organization of each cavalry command, will therefore be made without delay to the adjutant-general at my headquarters (Major M. M. Kimmel); also the number a word, of everything necessary to give me a perfect knowledge of the condition of the cavalry assigned to my command. Active measures will be taken at once to put the cavalry in condition to take the field.

By ordered of Major-General Van Dorn:

M. M. KIMMEL,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

Abstract from Field of the Cavalry Brigade, Army of the Mississippi, Brigadier General John A. Wharton commanding, for January 14, 1863 (headquarters Shelbyville).

Command. Pres Prese Effec Aggre Aggre Horse Effec

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for for total prese prese servi aggre

duty duty. prese nt. nt ceabl gate.

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t. 30,

1862.

Offi Men.

cer.

14th Alabama 13 197 195 273 420 43 204

Battalion.

1st 19 156 156 263 476 140 131

Confederate

Regiment.

3rd 32 459 457 616 821 606 329

Confederate

Regiment.

2nd Georgia 19 283 285 438 655 292 135

Regiment.

4th Tennessee 27 352 352 420 690 304 344

regiment.

Colonel 15 193 193 269 535 205 170

Murray's

regiment.

Texas 29 385 385 501 684 325 350

Rangers.

Escort 3 29 29 34 58 20 41

company.

Captain White 2 52 52 59 73 35 63

a battery.

Grand total. 159 2,106 2,102 2,873 4,412 1,970 1,767

NOTE-In the aggregate present and absent, the wounded and missing are included.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISSISSIPPI AND EAST LOUISIANA,

JACKSON, January 15, 1863.

Major General W. W. LORING, Grenada, Miss.:

GENERAL: I am instructed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say to you that you will at once prepare the Army of Mississippi for a forwarded movement on the line of the Mississippi Central Railroad.