War of the Rebellion: Serial 036 Page 0562 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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to-day. Reported advance on Holly Springs to-day, and repairing railroad as they advance. I am concentrating my force here. This is the provision region. Can you give me more cavalry? [J. G.] Stocks' regiment and [T. N.] Waul's cavalry did not come with McCulloch.

JAMES R. CHALMERS,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

COLDWATER, April 19, 1863.

Enemy in Hernando last night-four regiments of infantry, six pieces of artillery, and 800 cavalry. In the skirmish yesterday, Colonel W. C. Falkner lost about 40 men killed; wounded and prisoners not definitely known. Major [G. L.] Blythe on enemy's rear with seven small companies. [Robert] McCulloch not here yet.

JAMES R. CHALMERS,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

COLDWATER, VIA SENATOBIA, April 19, 1863-11 a. m.

Heavy skirmishing since 7 o'clock. Enemy have not yet succeeded in crossing Coldwater. His artillery commands the ferry. I am looking every moment for one piece of artillery. If it comes in time, I will hold this place. The enemy has advantage in position-bluff bank on north side, bottom on this side. Major [Robert A.] McCulloch, with skirmishers, has just charged the ferry, and driven back the artillery and cut the ferry-boat loose.

JAMES R. CHALMERS,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

COLDWATER, VIA SENATOBIA, April 19, 1863.

The enemy is in retreat and we are pursuing. Our loss, 1 killed and 6 wounded. Enemy's loss not known further than 1 dead left at the ferry. The odds were very heavy, and my men behaved well, though many were for the first time under artillery fire.

JAMES R. CHALMERS,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

PANOLA, April 19, 1863.

The enemy have crossed Coldwater, and still advancing. Send me 20,000 musket caps and 20,000 sporting caps with all dispatch.

JAMES R. CHALMERS,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

[Indorsement.]

General Chalmers' officer will leave for his post to-morrow. These above will be forwarded by him. He has to wait till to-morrow evening for harness. If necessary, order an officer at my disposal to send these caps in morning.

GEORGE UPSHUR MAYO.