War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0825 Chapter XXXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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HEADQUARTERS STEVENSON'S DIVISION, near Hankinson's Ferry, May 3, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel J. THOMPSON,

Asst. Insp. General, DEPT. MISS. and E. La., Vicksburg:

COLONEL: The immense wagon train and all the troops were safely crossed to-day on our boat-bridge, and are now encamped in the vicinity of Hankinson's Ferry.

I received information this evening that a lot of beef-cattle were on the other side of the river, and I immediately sent to the officer in command of the rear-guard, inquiring whether there would be time to secure them. It was just too lat. I am not in command here, and have no authority to halt the troops, and it would have taken too long to communicate with General Loring. General Loring has sent two of my brigades to-night to Big Black Bridge. You directed me to-day to return as soon as I thought the safety of this flank justified it. I have reported to General Loring. Shall I say to him that you wish me to return?

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

C. L. STEVENSON,

Major-General, Commanding.

Vicksburg, May 3, 1863.

Colonel STOCKTON, Jackson Arsenal:

Ammunition sent from Edwards Depot captured by enemy. More ammunition must be sent on immediately.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISS. AND EAST. La., Jackson, May 3, 1863.

I. Major Theodore Johnston, chief of subsistence, will, with the least possible delay, collect and throw into Vicksburg all possible commissary stores. He will call on Major Mims, chief quartermaster, for all transportation necessary.

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By order of Lieutenant-General Pemberton.

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, May 3, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON,

Commanding, Vicksburg:

Do you wish the stores sent to Vicksburg from Meridian and other points on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad?

THEO. Johnston.

Vicksburg, May 3, 1863.

Major THEO. Johnston:

Send subsistence as rapidly as possible to Bovina, on Southern Railroad.

J. C. PEMBERTON.