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Number 2. Report of Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton, C. S. Army. JACKSON, April 17, 1863. (Received April 18.)

Upon fuller information, it is ascertained that at 11. 30 p. m. last night eight of enemy's most formidable gunboats, and three transports, loaded with commissary stores and towing barges with quartermaster's property, started past batteries at Vicksburg. The gunboats, Admiral Porter commanding, passed down; damage unknown. Two transports destroyed; the THIRD now at Brown & Johnston's, apparently a wreck. Believed two of enemy's boats badly injured.

J. C. PEMBERTON,

Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond.

Number 3. Report of Major General Carter L. Stevenson, C. S. Army. Vicksburg, April 17, 1863.

Have just taken some prisoners, who left a boat which sank opposite upper batteries. The result of action last night is one boat sunk (probably two), one burned, and three badly damaged. There were six gunboats-General Price, Benton, Cincinnati, Aleck Scott, Tuscumbia, and LA Fayette; three transports-Henry Clay, Forest Queen, and Silver Wave. The Forest Queen is now at Brown & Johnston's; all others passed down in the night. The smoke in sight this morning below Diamond Bend.

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

Number 4. Report of Major General M. L. Smith, C. S. Army.

Vicksburg, April 17, 1863.

At 11. 30 p. m. last night, eight of enemy's most formidable gunboats, and three transports, loaded with commissary stores and towing barges with quartermaster's property, started past batteries. The gunboats, Admiral Porter in command, passed down; damage unknown. Two transports were destroyed; the THIRD now at Brown & Johnston's, apparently a wreck. Believed two gunboats badly injured.

M. L. SMITH,

Major-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.