War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0759 Chapter XXXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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JACKSON, April 17, 1863-2. 30 a. m.

General FRANK. GARDNER, Port Hudson:

Five gunboats have passed down by Vicksburg.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF Mississippi AND EASTERN LOUISIANA,

Jackson, April 17, 1863.

Colonel J. GORGAS, Richmond:

The Brooke gun arrived here yesterday without a solitary projectile. Where am I get them?

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, April 17, 1863.

Major G. U. MAYO, Chief of Ordnance:

I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to direct you to send to Vicksburg, without delay in making requisitions, all the 10-inch, 8-inch, 42-pounder, 32-pounder, rifled 32, and, for Blakely gun, 24-pounder and 12-pounder ammunition you can obtain. Also sent to the ordnance officer at Vicksburg 200,000 musket percussion caps.

I am, major, very respectfully,

H. C. TUPPER,

Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISS. AND E. La., Jackson, April 17, 1863.

Major L. MIMS, Chief Quartermaster, Jackson:

I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to direct you not to send forward any more troops* except portions of regiments which have gone, until further orders.

Respectfully,

H. C. TUPPER,

Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISS. AND E. La., Jackson, April 17, 1863.

Colonel PHIL. STOCKTON, Commanding Arsenal:

COLONEL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to say that a dispatch just received from Vicksburg states that at this, the moment of greatest need, "the ammunition for heavy guns is nearly exhausted there; " that, therefore, he desires that you will take immediate and energetic measures to throw in a sufficient supply in the quickest possible time. If you have not enough on hand, take measures to procure it, and, of impeded by them, to the neglect of forms, regulations, allowances, &c., as the exigencies of the case do not admit these for a moment to be considered.

Very respectfully,

J. C. TAYLOR,

Aide-de-Camp.

P. S. -At least 200 rounds per gun should be kept constantly on hand, and what you have now should be immediately sent.

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* To Tullahoma, Tenn.

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