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CHATTANOOGA, January 26, 1863.

General S. COOPER:

The following dispatch just received from Lieutenant-General Pemberton:

Vicksburg, January 25, 1863.

Enemy, in full force, again opposite city, with indications of attempting to force his way below. Book captured from Yankee colonel, killed yesterday, says Grant is here; says Vicksburg must be taken; if necessary will send his whole force. Also states canal cut across. Statement says Sherman's corps numbers 20,000; Morgan greater; supposing same strength, the number is 40,000.

J. E. Johnston.

CHATTANOOGA, January 26, 1863.

General S. COOPER:

I telegraphed yesterday here. No letter for me. I am still waiting. Lieutenant-General Pemberton reports Grant, with heavy force, near Vicksburg.

J. E. Johnston.

CHATTANOOGA, January 26, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Vicksburg, MISS.:

It would be well to bring Loring nearer to you. The message to send troops to Meridian* was on the supposition of quiet on the Mississippi. I recall it.

J. E. Johnston.

GRENADA, January 26, 1863.

Major-General LORING,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: In reply to your order, I have the honor to state that the effective total of [M. E.] Green's brigade is:

Infantry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,826

Artillery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,240

The above includes the reserve artillery of the DIVISION, which has been encamped with that brigade.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant.

JAMES M. LOUGHBOROUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Vicksburg, January 26, 1863.

General GARDNER, Port Hudson, La.:

Ferry-boat captured here; evidently preparing to go down river. Look out for her. Have signal in advance to notify you of her approach. Have batteries ready to open upon her if she attempts to pass down.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

Vicksburg, January 26, 1863.

Major-General PRICE, Montgomery, Ala.:

Your troops are ordered to Jackson. Most probably will come here. I shall be in immediate command; you, the next in seniority. Unless

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*Of January 23, p. 597.

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