HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, May 28, 1863,.
Colonel I. C. PUGH, Commanding First Brigade:
The following dispatch has just been received:
HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS
May 28, 1863.
GENERAL: My scouts have just returned, with a vague report of 400 or 500 rebel it better for you to be placed on your guard. If they have crossed (which I don't believe), a raid is intended somewhere.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN J. MUDD,
Colonel and Chief of Cavalry.
The general directs, if you have not already done so, that you throw out pickets on the right flank, to extend around to the Hall's Ferry road.
By order of Brigadier-General Lauman:
W. H. F. RANDALL,
[MAY 28, 1863. - For Dodge to Rosecrans, in reference to movements of Confederates in Northern Alabama, see Series I, VOL. XXIII, Part II, p. 370.]
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,
Near Vicksburg, MISS., May 29, 1863
Major General N. P. BANKS, Comdg. Dept. of the Gulf:
GENERAL: I send Mr. C. A. Dana, inspector of the pay department, to urge the same suggestions made by me in the communication of which Colonel Riggin was bearer. I have nothing further to add since my last that Mr. Dana cannot communicate more fully than can well be done in a written statement. The enemy are now concentrating a force near Canton, MISS. With an additional force here, I could detach everything but about 25,000 men, and go with the balance and capture or disperse him, leaving the State of Mississippi in easy prize to our armies.
Hoping, general, this may find you in possession of Port Hudson, and of all the Mississippi River below her, I am, with great respect, yours, truly,
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
New Orleans, May 29, 1863.
Major-General GRANT, near Vicksburg:
GENERAL: The inclosed letter I had written to be sent to you at the moment yours of the 25th was presented to me by Colonel Riggin. I regret it does not find me in condition to go to your support with all my force. Without abandoning Port Hudson altogether, it will be impossible for me to do so, and then the aid I can give you must be very little.
My force is far less than you imagine, and, with such detachments from it as would be necessary to protect New Orleans, while Port Hudson, Mobile, and Kirby Smith are within a few days' movement of New Or-