War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0813 Chapter XXXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

General TILGHMAN, Edwards Depot:

Do not march by Grand Gulf, but go the most direct route to Port Gibson.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

General TILGHMAN, Edwards Depot:

The troops that came from Jackson are to come here, as ordered several times to-day. Your two regiments from Big Black to go by dirt road to Bowen. General Loring and yourself to go after your two regiments to Bowen. This is peremptory, and will be obeyed at once. You will there have command of Tracy's brigade and your own regiment.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

COLUMBUS, MISS., May 1, 1863.

General PEMBERTON:

Just received following telegram from Okolona;

Enemy in two columns, once camped at New Albany, other at Lee's Mills, last night. One brigade of infantry, twelve pieces artillery, three 8-pounders. Men marched to-day toward Tupelo. General Chalmers gone toward Pontotoc. Enemy at Pontotoc.

C. R. BARTEAU,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Re-enforcements are absolutely necessary.

DANIEL RUGGLES.

Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

Brigadier-General CHALMERS:

General Ruggles reports the enemy yesterday crossing Tallahatchee at New Albany, in force of 3,000. Follow them, and operate on their flank and rear, if too strong too fight.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

Vicksburg, May 1, 1863.

Brigadier-General RUGGLES, Columbus:

Follow the enemy you reported crossing the Tallahatchee, at New Albany, with your cavalry, operating on their flank and rear, if too strong to fight.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

COLUMBUS, MISS., May 1, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

[J. M.] Burton reports three regiments Federal mounted troops, with three pieces of artillery, left Lee's Mills, on Tallahatchee River, 30 miles northwest of Tupelo, this morning, moving south. Can I retain the NINTH Arkansas, which will go down to-morrow morning?

I must have troops immediately,

DANIEL RUGGLES.