SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE, Number 205. Vicksburg, MISS., July 29, 1863.
I. The Thirteenth Army Corps, Major General E. O. C. Ord commanding, will be held in readiness to move to and take post at Natchez, MISS., as soon as transportation can be furnished. On the arrival of one DIVISION of the Thirteenth Army Corps at Natchez, the troops now there will return to Vicksburg.
The commander at Natchez will be charged with keeping the river open to navigation from Rodney, MISS., to the Louisiana and Mississippi State line.
By order of Major General U. S. GRANT:
T. S. BOWERS,
Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Number 30. Vicksburg, July 29, 1863.
I. The cavalry forces of this corps, the Sixth Missouri, Major Montgomery, the THIRD Illinois, [including] one company Fourth Indiana, Captain Carnahan commanding, and the SECOND Illinois, Major Marsh, are all placed under command of Major Fullerton, SECOND Illinois Cavalry, who will make tri-weekly reports of the entire strength of his command to these headquarters, through Lieutenant Colonel D. B. Bush, chief of cavalry for this corps.
By order of Major General C. C. Washburn:
WALTER B. SCATES,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant-General.
MEMPHIS, TENN., July 29, 1863-4. 30 p. m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
Colonel Hatch had a skirmish at Lexington; captured two caissons, a Colonel [A. W.] Campbell, and 25 prisoners.
A dispatch was captured on Colonel Campbell from Governor Harris, which develops the intention of throwing troops into WEST Tennessee, and shall keep cavalry moving through the district until the emergency is over. Those men who enforce conscription within our lines should not be treated as prisoners of war.
S. A. HURLBUT.
CORINTH, July 29, 1863.
Scout has got in from east side of Tennessee River. Gunboats caught Biffle crossing, and cut off half his regiment, leaving about 200 on east side of Tennessee River. No more troops had gone from Roddey down the Tennessee, but two regiments of mounted infantry had come from Bragg to him last week. It was said he was crossing some forces at