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Vicksburg, March 28, 1863.

Major-General BUCKNER, Mobile, Ala.:

I am advised of a large raid being made by the enemy on Columbus, MISS., and would urge the sending forward of the cavalry regiment as soon as possible.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

MOBILE, March 28, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

I will send the cavalry through. I cannot well spare any troops. In sending them, I expect, of course, that they will be subject to my orders of recall when I need them.

S. B. BUCKNER.

Vicksburg, March 28, 1863.

Major-General BUCKNER, Mobile, Ala.:

I desire the regiment of cavalry to make their headquarters at Tupelo, and operate in all directions from that point.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

Vicksburg, March 28, 1863.

Brigadier-General RUGGLES, Columbus, MISS.:

Reported enemy will make heavy raid on Columbus. Buckner promises to send strong cavalry regiment to Tupelo. This and [C. R.] Barteau's regiment should be kept in constant motion, and all available troops advanced as far as possible.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, March 28, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Following just received:

PORT HUDSON, March 27, 1863.

Enemy has gone back to Baton Rouge, including also troops from WEST bank of river. Has sent back all his mortar-boats and sloops-of-war. Two gunboats and Essex are all that remain. Rust's wagons ought to be sent; they are much needed.

FRANK. GARDNER.

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHATTANOOGA, March 28, 1863.

His Excellency John J. PETTUS,

Governor:

The War Department authorized you to take into the State service any men beyond the power of enrolling officers.

J. E. Johnston.