War of the Rebellion: Serial 036 Page 0532 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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LAKE, April 25, 1863-3 a. m.

Arrived 2. 20 o'clock. Sent an engine with dispatches and couriers to communicate with General Loring, Johnston, and Buckner. Will wait until engine returns, or say 8 a. m. Reports says enemy 300 strong left Newton Station in direction of Enterprise at 4 p. m.

JOHN ADAMS,

Brigadier-General.

[General PEMBERTON.]

LAKE, April 25, 1863-8. 50 a. m.

Am waiting return of party sent to open communication with Meridian. Engine of my train sent with party.

JOHN ADAMS,

Brigadier-General.

General PEMBERTON.

GENERAL: Did you get a dispatch from General Adams, dated 3 o'clock this morning? The courier being absent (delivering a message) at the time of its reception, I left it by his bedside with lighted candle near it.

Respectfully,

OPERATOR,

Jackson Office.

LAKE, April 25, 1863.

Passengers just from Meridian report no enemy at Enterprise at 12 m. to-day. Enemy supposed to be moving westward and between us. Unless otherwise ordered, shall move to Morton Station.

JOHN ADAMS,

Brigadier-General.

General PEMBERTON.

LAKE, April 25, 1863.

The following dispatches were sent by the same means to Generals Loring, Buckner, and Jackson:

General LORING:

Returned at once in direction of Jackson with all your available force.

By direction of General Pemberton.

General Johnston:

Railroad communication interrupted above this point by enemy. General Pemberton directs me to inform you he is sorely pressed on all sides, and urges you to send at once 2,000 cavalry to fall on rear of enemy.

General BUCKNER:

All is lost unless you can send a regiment or two to Meridian. General Pemberton directs me to urge you to send.

JOHN ADAMS,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant General J. C. PEMBERTON,

Commanding.