War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0731 Chapter XXXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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PANOLA, April 9, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Jackson:

Following dispatch just received from Colonel Falkner:

Enemy returned; my men pursed them to Nonconnah firing on enemy every step.

I shall be after them every time they come.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

HDQRS. DEPT. MISS. AND EAST. La., Jackson, April 9, 1863.

Brigadier General DANIEL RUGGLES, Commanding, &c. Columbus, MISS.:

GENERAL: In reply to your communication of the 5th instant, I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say he repeats his former assertion that no regiment can be spared for your command. All are occupied at other points. As to the State troops reported having deserted, you can send some of your cavalry to arrest and bring them aback.

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, April 10, 1863.

General S. COOPER, Richmond:

Very sorry to lose General Maury, but can spare him if necessary. If Rosecrans is being-enforced, can under present circumstances spare some infantry, but ought to have more cavalry, of possible, for Northern Mississippi.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, April 10, 1863.

General JOSEPH E. Johnston, Tullahoma:

Scout from near Memphis reports, 9 a. m. on 8th instant, in following words:

Enemy's forces there about 7,000; is said all force down Mississippi River to be brought up to make grand military depot at Memphis. FIFTEEN empty boats at landing. Enemy's lines closed for sixty days.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, April 10, 1863.

Brigadier-General BOWEN, Grand Gulf, MISS.:

General Stevenson telegraphs this morning the enemy captured steamer Clarke at mouth of Red River yesterday; also that picket, on authority of a citizen, reports enemy landing a considerable force at New Carthage. You must allow no boats to go out.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

GRAND GULF, VIA PORT GIBSON, April 10, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Colonel [F. M.] Cockrell skirmished several hours with the enemy yesterday, driving in their pickets, but failed to draw them over Bayou Vidal. No loss on our side. I have offered General Stevenson the corn from Saint Joseph.

JNO. S. BOWEN.