War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0772 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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JACKSON, April 20, 1863.

Major-General STEVENSON, Vicksburg:

You should place at least 5,000 men in easy supporting distance of Warrenton.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, April 20, 1863.

General STEVENSON, Vicksburg:

At Austin yesterday, Scout Richardson reports Mississippi River fallen 11 feet from highest point; fell 26 inches yesterday. One gunboat and one transport went down, towing FIFTEEN flat-boats, or pontoon bridge, on 18th; twenty-five skiffs on them. On 19th, a transport towing sixteen more pontoons or floats went down river.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

GRENADA, April 20, 1863.

Lieutenant General J. C. PEMBERTON:

General Chalmers met about 1,500 Federals at Coldwater, on Hernando road, yesterday morning, and repulsed them handsomely. Our loss, 1 killed, 4 wounded. Enemy's not known. Enemy fell back, 4 p. m. Reported this morning 8 miles back, going west. Our artillery arrived late. We are pursuing.

SAM. HENDERSON.

SENATOBIA, April 20, 1863.

Major H. H. CHALMERS:

Dalton reports about 2,000 Federals-400 cavalry, five pieces artillery, balance infantry-near Wilbourn's, 13 miles from Sardis, on river road, at 3. p. m. Seized meat as they went along, but few, if any, wagons. Say object is to cut off Chalmers.

THOS. HENDERSON,

Captain, &c.

OFFICE CHIEF OF SUBSISTENCE, DEPARTMENT OF Mississippi AND EASTERN LOUISIANA, April 20, 1863.

R. W. MEMMINGER, Assistant Adjutant-General, Jackson:

MAJOR: In reply to a communication from department headquarters, asking for information as to the arrangements made "to keep up the supply of subsistence at Port Hudson," I have the honor to state that supplies will be sent, as required, via Osyka. Port Hudson is better supplied now than any post in the department. Captain Chrisman is in the neighborhood of Port Hudson, gathering together beef-cattle belonging to the Government that were turned loose from herd last winter. They are, I am informed, in good condition, and will be sent to Port Hudson as they are wanted.

I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THEO. Johnston.