War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0781 Chapter XXXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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JACKSON, April 24, 1863.

Brigadier General John ADAMS, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs that your order the Fifteenth and Twenty-sixth Mississippi Regiments and one battery Point Coupee artillery, now near Jackson, to move at once by the Southern Railroad to Morton, the station this side of Forrest, under command of the senior officer in the regiments. He will move his force on to Forrest of Lake, or to such point as circumstances or the position of the enemy may ; make necessary. They have certainly been at Lake Station.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, April 24, 1863.

Brigadier-General ADAMS:

You will return to this place with your command at once, unless you have information which makes it highly important for you to remain. If possible, communicate with General Loring, and advise him to return. Also with General Johnston, informing him of our situation, and urging him to sent at once 2,000 cavalry to fall on the rear of the enemy. Also with General Buckner, urging him to send up the road a regiment to Meridian.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

ENTERPRISER, April 24, 1863.

General PEMBERTON:

Enemy demanded the surrender of this place, which was refused by Colonel [E.] Goodwin. General Loring has arrived, and the enemy is retreating.

MILTON BROWN,

President Mobile and Ohio Railroad.

PANOLA, MISS., April 24, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Scout just in reports enemy crossed Coldwater yesterday with seven regiments of infantry, two of cavalry, and twelve pieces of artillery; and re-enforcements, consisting of two regiments of infantry, one of cavalry, and one battery, passed through Hernando yesterday. General Smith's column was near Byhalia, and a company of 60 men went after him, supposed to bring him back.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

JACKSON, April 24, 1863.

General JAMES R. CHALMERS, Panola:

Move with all your cavalry and light artillery via Oxford to Okolona, to intercept force of enemy now at Newton, on Southern road.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

PANOLA, MISS., April 24, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Jackson, MISS.:

Your order just received. Shall I leave one regiment to guard this place until my stores are removed?

JAMES R. CHALMERS.