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Colonel W. H. H. Taylor, FIFTH Ohio Cavalry, is hereby relieved from duty as chief of cavalry.

By order of Major General S. A. Hurlbut:

HENRY BINMORE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE GULF, NINETEENTH A. C.,

Port Hudson, July 25, 1863.

Major General U. S. GRANT,

Commanding Department of the Tennessee, Vicksburg:

SIR: I have the honor to communicate, by direction of the major-general commanding this department, the following telegram from him:

NEW ORLEANS, July 25, 1863.

Colonel RICHARD B. IRWIN, Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

The enemy having been driven from the Lafourche country, there is no immediate necessity for General Grant's troops. Send word to him that we will rest for the present.

N. P. BANKS.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

RICHARD B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JULY 25, 1863.

General WASHBURN:

Send immediately to Helena all the boats that are loaded. There is no necessity of waiting to get all the troops embarked.

U. S. GRANT.

MEMPHIS, TENN., July 25, 1863.

Major-General HALLECK:

Man in from Mobile; left 21st, and Okolona 22nd. Joe Johnston's army at Morton, 30 miles east of Jackson. Government stores from Joe Johnston sent to Mobile, and from along railroad to Okolona. Rolling-stock of Memphis and Charleston and Mobile and Ohio Railroads, from Marion, Meridian, Enterprise, and other stations, run to Mobile last week. Breckinridge went to Mobile 19th, and returned 20th. Joe Johnston's army not to exceed 30,000. Hardee and Forrest passed through Meridian to Joe Johnston. Forrest still suffering from wounds, and not fit for duty. Pemberton and staff gone east, and his army scattered. Currently reported Hardee's corps to join Joe Johnston, but none of it had passed Meridian to 22nd.

S. A. HURLBUT.

MEMPHIS, TENN., July 25, 1863.

Major General U. S. GRANT,

Comdg. Department of the Tennessee, Vicksburg, MISS.:

GENERAL: Yours of 21st has been received. The clearing of the country about Jackson and Canton has completely relieved my front. Chalmers has retired toward the Mississippi Central Railroad, probably Coffeeville. Ruggles is, so far as I can learn, disposing his force to