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JACKSON, February 25, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Vicksburg:

By telegraph from Grenada:

Citizens from Moscow and Collierville report no enemy at either place; say enemy are building railroad from Corinth to Pittsburg Landing, on Tennessee River.

SAM. HENDERSON,

Commanding Scouts.

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS C. S. FORCES, Washington County, Mississippi, February 25, 1863.

Captain E. W. SUTHERLAND, U. S. Navy,

Comdg. Ram Monarch:

SIR: I desire to communicate with you, officially, in reference to the recent notice of Admiral Porter, communicated to me by you. Should you agree to honor me with an interview, I will meet you with flag of truce at such proper time and place as you may designate.

S. W. FERGUSON,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding C. S. Forces.

JACKSON, February 26, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Vicksburg:

By telegraph from Grenada:

Received your dispatches of 18th and 21st at 1 o'clock to-day. Ordered [R.] McCulloch, with command, to Coldwater, and [Colonel Orr's] regiment and batteries here from Grenada. Will you weaken Grenada force still more? If so, please telegraph there. Would it not be better to send force to Yazoo City via Snyder's Bluff? Can you replace cannon at Yazoo City? If so, would like those there ordered here. Weldon engaged on obstructions and Brown on cotton-clads. Have written you.

W. W. LORING.

J. R. WADDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

PORT HUDSON, La., February 27, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

The Essex can be bought for 300 bales of cotton. This is considered reliable.

FRANK. GARDNER.

JACKSON, MISS., February 27, 1863.

Major General FRANK GARDNER, Port Hudson:

Buy her at any price. I will guarantee payment.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, February 27, 1863.

Major-General LORING,

[Via Grenada, care of General Tilghman:]

Your dispatch of 25th received. I cannot spare more guns from Snyder's or Vicksburg, unless it is practicable to get a 10-inch columbiad