friends from their line report this to be probably a flank design upon Bragg. Some little movement of infantry on this line to the east. The Federals say will remove all the infantry from this line. Doubtful. The reports from Corinth I regard as nearly correct; will report from there more accurately in a few days.
THOS. J. CLEVELAND,
Lieutenant, Commanding Scouts.
CAMP PEMBERTON, March 2, 1863.
The bearer of flag of truce to enemy, at [Yazoo] Pass, on 26th, reports: Saw six stern-wheel and one side-wheel gunboats near where Pass empties into Coldwater. No gunboat had yet been in Coldwater, and tug had passed into Coldwater and returned; intention to bring gunboats through evident. About 7,000 troops on Pass. Large number transports in Moon Lake. Enemy's gunboats have 24-pounder in bow, with iron plating to protect.
W. W. LORING.
CHATTANOOGA, March 2, 1863.
Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Jackson, MISS.:
The newspapers say that the enemy is at work in the Yazoo Pass. Can he make any serious attempt by that route? Is not Coldwater obstructed?
J. E. Johnston.
SHUFORDSVILLE, MISS., March 2, 1863, VIA GRENADA, MISS., March 9.
Major-General LORING, Fort Pemberton:
Forward to General Pemberton:
The Federals left General Alcorn's farm this morning down the Pass with thirteen transports and five gunboats. The transports are small; I do not think they will average more than 400 or 500 men each.
ED. E. PORTER,
Captain, Commanding Partisan Rangers.
My pickets brought this dispatch down a few minutes since. Mr. Dickens sends the following note, dated Tallahatchee River, 15 miles below mouth Coldwater.
MARCH 6-10 p. m.
A. H. FORREST:
The Yankee boats are here; four of them are lying at E. V. Dicken's, and two went below and landed at George McRae's place.
DR. DICKENS, Captain, Commanding.
GRENADA, March 2, 1863.
All the bottoms flooded. Tallahatchee Alexander went down river in skiff to mouth Coldwater and 15 miles up Coldwater. Returning,