War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0720 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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hired to spike your guns on the night of the attack. Both urge that you should know it at once. I give it for what it is worth.

JAMES RA. CHALMERS.

Keep a vigilant lookout.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, April 7, 1863.

Major-General STEVENSON, Vicksburg:

Have dispatched Loring to send you a strong brigade at once, with field artillery and Maury. You must turn over cotton-clads to Captain Brown, of Navy. They must not be used as transports.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISS. AND E. La., Jackson, April 7, 1863.

Major-General [C. L.] STEVENSON, Commanding, &c., Vicksburg:

GENERAL:

The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to send you the inclosed copies of communications from the War Department,* and to say that he regrets that the tenor of your correspondence with Admiral Porter was not in accordance with his instructions; that here-after your communications with the enemy will be guided by the considerations set forth in the indorsement by the President.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

GRAND GULF, April 7, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

News from Lake Saint Joseph up to 7 a. m. states that citizens report General McClernand with 15,000 men at Richmond, en route to Natchez. Colonel Cockrell has three regiments, a section of artillery, and strong position.

JNO. S. BOWEN.

GRAND GULF, April 7, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Major Harrison has lost 3 men in skirmishing with enemy. Our troops await them in a strong position, and are endeavoring to get them to cross Bayou Vidal. There are rumors of large re-enforcements having reached them, but they are not yet confirmed by the commanding officer of our forces.

JNO. S. BOWEN.

EDWARDS, MISS., April 7, 1863.

Major R. W. MEMMINGER, Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

At the instance of General Stevenson, I this day move the troops at this point to Four-Mile Bridge, on the Southern Railroad, leaving sufficient guard for the bridge.

JNO. H. FORNEY.

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* See Seddon to Pemberton, p. 696, and letters cited in foot-note on same PAGE .

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