War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0808 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

JEFFERSON DAVIS, Richmond:

General Bowen has just reported to me that he has fallen back behind Bayou Pierre. He considered it indispensable to his safety. He will endeavor to hold it until re-enforcements arrive. I am now cut off from telegraphic communication with Grand Gulf and Port Gibson.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

General COOPER, Richmond, Va.:

General Bowen still holds his position, but thinks he will have to retire this side of Bayou Pierre under cover of night. I urge him not to do so, unless indispensable to his safety. Have full confidence in his judgment. A large amount of bacon which was in Port Gibson has been removed to Grand Gulf. No further demonstration from force of enemy in Chickasaw Bayou.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

General JOSEPH E. Johnston, Tullahoma:

The following just received:

COLUMBUS, MISS., May 1, 1863.

The following telegram is just received from Okolona:

"Enemy was yesterday evening crossing Tallahatchee, at New Albany, in force of 3,000.

"C. R. BARTEAU,

"Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding. "

If this is true, I must have heavy re-enforcements. Please answer immediately.

DANIEL RUGGLES.

I have no re-enforcements to send him. If these raids from Tennessee are not prevented, I cannot keep up railroad communication.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

TULLAHOMA, May 1, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

If Grant's army lands on this side of the river, the safety of Mississippi depends on beating it. For that object you should unite your whole force.

J. E. Johnston.

TULLAHOMA, May 1, 1863.

General PEMBERTON:

Forrest and Roddey south of Tennessee; are employed by Corinth troops. Cannot Chalmers join Barteau, to prevent raids from the north?

J. E. Johnston.

Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

General E. KIRBY SMITH,

Alexandria, care A. C. Ferguson, Natchez:

The enemy have crossed in large force from Hard Times to Bruinsburg, below Bayou Pierre, and have pressed Bowen very hard all day. Cannot you do something to operate against them on your side of the river?

J. C. PEMBERTON.