War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0430 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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will see that the work is speedily and effectually done. The utmost vigilance should be observed in watching the crossing of the Big Black, south of the railroad bridge.

By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

McPHERSON'S, June 23, 1863.

Major-General GRANT:

Heavy and rapid musketry and artillery firing on the left and center apparently of General Ord's corps. What does it purport?

JAS. B. McPHERSON.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Vicksburg, MISS., June 23, 1863.

Major General John A. LOGAN, Commanding THIRD DIVISION:

GENERAL: You will have Colonel Force hold his brigade in readiness by Johnston. Sherman takes command of the forces which go out to meet him, and the three brigades from my command will be under General McArthur. Williams' battery will accompany Force's brigade. Colonel Powell, chief of artillery, will see about the proper kind and quantity of ammunition. The battery should be taken out of the trenches immediately, horses hitched up, and the battery moved over near the brigade.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. B. McPHERSON.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Vicksburg, MISS., June 23, 1863.

Brigadier General John McARTHUR, Commanding Sixth DIVISION:

GENERAL: You will hold yourself in readiness to move at moment's notice, on General Sherman's order. A brigade from Logan's and one from John E. Smith's DIVISIONS* will be ordered to report to you. You had better take Mann's battery with Chambers' brigade. Ransom will remain where he is.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. B. McPHERSON.

NEAR Vicksburg, MISS., June 23, 1863.

Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Fifteenth Army Corps:

In addition to the troops with you and at Snyder's, I have notified Herron's and A. J. Smith's DIVISIONS to be in readiness to move at a moment's notice. In addition to this, two more brigades can be taken from your corps without breaking the line investing Vicksburg. Should

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*Matthies', by order to Smith of same date.

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