War of the Rebellion: Serial 036 Page 0658 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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The boats have moved down the river. The last are now in sight, taking mules and wagons on board.

JNO. S. BOWEN.

General PEMBERTON.

GRAND GULF, April 30, 1863.

General [E. D.] treaty has arrived. His men are much broken down. I will fight them other side of Port Gibson.

JNO. S. BOWEN,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

GRAND GULF, April 30, 1863.

There are four gunboats in Bayou Pierre. I have no guns that can check them. They can remove obstructions, and may destroy the bridge, cutting my force in two. Shall I remove all to this side, severing all communication by telegraph, or make the best of it?

JNO. S. BOWEN.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

GRAND GULF, April 30, 1863.

Three thousand Federals were at Bethel Church, 10 miles from Port Gibson, at 3 p. m., advancing. They are still landing at Bruinsburg.

JNO. S. BOWEN,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON.

(Same to Stevenson.)

GRAND GULF, May 1, 1863.

General [W. E.] Baldwin is coming up. Please answer my last cipher dispatch.

JNO. S. BOWEN.

General Pemberton.

GRAND GULF, May 1, 1863.

I have prepared for defense of both sides Bayou Pierre. Tho country and the jaded condition of [Edw. D.] Tracy's and [W. E.] Baldwin's