War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0634 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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JACKSON, February 18, 1863.

Major General C. L. STEVENSON, Vicksburg:

Do not allow our batteries to answer the mortar below canal.


JACKSON, February 18, 1863.

Major-General LORING, or

Captain I. N. BROWN,

Yazoo City:

Send steamboats down to Snyder's Bluff as soon as possible.


CHATTANOOGA, February 18, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Vicksburg:

Van Dorn is moving to threaten Rosecrans' rear. If, as was believed when I left you, Northern Mississippi is impracticable, can the enemy threaten Grenada or cross Coldwater? I cannot read your dispatch after the word "can. "

J. E. Johnston.

[Repeated February 19.]

HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISS. AND E. La., Jackson, February 18, 1863.

Major General FRANK GARDNER,

Comdg.,&c., Port Hudson:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to call your attention to the inclosed letters from the honorable Secretary of War and Commissary-General at Richmond, Va., setting forth abuses and neglect in the subsistence departments respectively at Vicksburg and Port Hudson, and desires that they may be corrected in future.

Very respectfully, &c.,


Assistant Adjutant-General.


WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, Va., February 2, 1863.

Lieutenant General J. C. PEMBERTON,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inclose a letter from Colonel Northrop, Commissary-General, in reference to losses of subsistence stores at Port Hudson and Vicksburg, and to invite your attention to the representation of facts contained therein. I must request that you will adopt adequate measures of prevention.

Your obedient servant,


SUBSISTENCE DEPT., Richmond, Va., January 23, 1863.


Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.:

SIR: I have the honor to call your attention to the following extract from a letter from Lieutenant Colonel W. A. Broadwell, chief commissary of subsistence in the State of Mississippi:

The management at Port Hudson and Vicksburg has not been good. Large quantities of public stores at each place are wasting from lack of storage.