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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE Number 41. Tullahoma, Tenn., February 16, 1863.

1. Brigadier General A. Buford, Provisional Army, having been ordered by the War Department, in Special Orders, Number 25, dated Richmond, January 30, 1863, to report to Lieutenant-General Pemberton, commanding Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana, for assignment in his command, is relieved from duty with this army, and will proceed to Jackson, MISS., and report accordingly.

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By command of General Bragg:


Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, February 17, 1863.

Major-General STEVENSON, Vicksburg:

Send the 32-pounder rifle and 30-pounder Parrott gun intended for General Taylor to Yazoo City immediately. Make all possible dispatch. All their ammunition will go with them. I prefer that these guns go in advance of the field battery, or even of a portion of the Texas regiment.


JACKSON, February 17, 1863.

Major-General LORING, Yazoo City:

If you find it impracticable to establish the batteries at the mouth of Yalabusha, you are authorized to stop [T. N.] Waul at Yazoo City.


YAZOO CITY, February 17, 1863.

Lieutenant General J. C. PEMBERTON:

By dispatch from Lieutenant [F. E.] Shepperd, C. S. Navy, of the 14th, from Tallahatchee, the enemy had driven off our parties from the Pass, and were coming through. I am trying to get boats ready to meet them. We shall need another regiment and a battery here, besides men to man these boats. Colonel Waul and command go on up to-day. A courier goes through with letters to Vicksburg.



YAZOO CITY, February 17, 1863.

Lieutenant General J. C. PEMBERTON, Vicksburg:

GENERAL: I have to day received from Lieutenant Shepperd, C. S. Navy, who has been for some time engaged in obstructing the Yazoo Pass, a dispatch, dated Tallahatchee River, February 14, via Grenada, February 16, of which the following is a copy:

The enemy have driven us off from the works on the Pass, and are coming through. Hasty obstructions with fortifications may save Yazoo City. I have done my best; worked under their noses, till their pickets came in 100 yards of me.

I am fitting out the Mary Keene and Star of the West, and shall need men to man them; unfortunately, I have no boat just now to send