War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0622 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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along its banks whenever the water is high enough for them to ascend it. They can only ascend when the water is out of its banks.

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

SAML. H. LOCKETT,

Captain and Chief Engineer, Staff Department.

SPECIAL ORDERS, CHATTANOOGA, Number -. February 10, 1863.

Brigadier-General Chalmers is hereby transferred from Department Number 2 to Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana, and will report for duty to Lieutenant-General Pemberton, commanding.

By command of General Johnston:

BENJ. S. EWELL,

Assistance Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, MISS., February 11, 1863.

General PEMBERTON, Vicksburg:

Colonel Barteau reports large force of Federal cavalry at Ripley.

DANIEL RUGGLES,

Brigadier-General.

Above just received.

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, February 11, 1863.

General PEMBERTON:

I have sent an order to Major [G. L.] Blythe to annoy enemy on Yazoo Pass, and ordered General [J. Z.] George to send his ranger cavalry. Can't you send steamer with forces from Yazoo City, to board and destroy all transports and gunboats while in Pass?

W. W. LORING.

JACKSON, February 11, 1863.

General PEMBERTON:

Letter from Captain Porter, of the Engineers, dated 8th, reports one ram and several transports in Moon Lake, and that in small boats [skiffs] the enemy are reconnoitering down the Pass. The current is swift, and the channel narrow and tortuous, and navigation difficult. He suggests the sending of cavalry and light artillery to the Pass and Coldwater, and states that opportunities for attack are good. He is at work making obstructions; progress not reported. States that Coldwater River cannot be obstructed without a steamboat and chains. Thirty cavalry have been to the Pass.

W. W. LORING.

JACKSON, February 11, 1863.

General PEMBERTON:

Just received the following telegram from Captain Henderson:

Panola scout, Smith, reports, 10th, near Helena, some 10,000 men there. Two gunboats and two transports, with about 1,500 troops, went into Moon Lake 8th. Captain