War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0836 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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BOVINA, May 5, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

I have ordered General [W. S.] Featherston to send a force to support that at Edwards Depot, and will accompany the brigade of General [L.] Tilghman at once.

W. W. LORING.

BOVINA, May 5, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

I have ordered General Featherston to send a force to support Colonel Orr at Edwards Depot, and General Tilghman will be en route in the shortest possible time. If 2,000 infantry are advancing, they must have a large force, otherwise it is incredible.

W. W. LORING.

Vicksburg, May 5, 1863.

Major-General LORING, Bovina:

If necessary, put your whole force in there.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

BOVINA, May 5, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Please order some more light artillery to report to me. General Tilghman has but one battery.

W. W. LORING.

HEADQUARTERS STEVENSON'S DIVISION, Barnes', May 5, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel J. THOMPSON:

COLONEL: I have just received the following dispatch from Colonel [W. E.] Curtiss, commanding at Red Bone Church, dated 7 p. m.:

Our scouts report enemy's cavalry about 1 1/2 miles below, on road opposite Sharkey's place, at a church, and advancing rapidly. Fired on our party. Supposed to be about 100 in number.

I have ordered the cavalry to keep a strict watch and report quickly.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. L. STEVENSON.

Vicksburg, May 5, 1863.

Majors MIMS, Johnston, and MAYO:

Drive forward the subsistence, ammunition, and forage. The increase of force will require renewed exertion.

J. C. PEMBERTON.

JACKSON, May 5, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON,

Commanding, Vicksburg, MISS.:

I have nearly 200,000 rations of bacon at Meridian. Do you wish any portion of it sent to Vicksburg?

THEO. Johnston,

Major, &c.