War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0878 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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army. It would decide the campaign to beat it, which can be done only by concentrating, especially when the remainder of the eastern troops arrive-they are to be 12,000 or 13,000.

J. E. Johnston.


Original dispatch from General J. E. Johnston delivered at 5. 35 p. m., May 16, 1863, on the field, whilst in retreat.


RICHMOND, May 14, 1863.

General J. C. PEMBERTON, Jackson, MISS.:

Major General M. L. Smith is assigned to duty as chief engineer of your command. You will give him the necessary orders to enter upon his duties as such.


Adjutant and Inspector General.

JACKSON, May 14, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

General Gregg reports the enemy at Clinton-four DIVISIONS, commanded by Generals Quinby, Steele, Logan, and Tuttle, Major-General Sherman commanding. General Gregg advises me at 9. 30 p. m. that he will immediately fall back on Jackson.


BOLTON DEPOT, May 14, 1863.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON:

Enemy made demonstration on this station this morning at 3 o'clock. There are 1,200 bales of Government cotton and 3,000 bushels of corn and other supplies here. Shall I remain or move toward Jackson?



Colonel, Commanding Cavalry.

BOVINA, May 14, 1863.

Major-General FORNEY, Vicksburg, MISS.:

The army is about to move forward. The enemy is at Clinton, four DIVISIONS strong. You must draw in all your forces to the road of the inner line, so as in case of necessity to take position within the intrenchments. Tilghman's brigade with follow on after his DIVISION. This leaves Baldwin's Ferry unprotected. Vaughn's brigade, now in intrenchments at Big Black, will be left under your control. Trains must be loaded at once with subsistence for the troops, and come along the railroad as far as safety will admit. General Johnston has arrived at Jackson.


EDWARDS DEPOT, May 14, 1863.

Major-General FORNEY, Vicksburg:

You will place Waul's Legion in position for the protection of Baldwin's Ferry road as soon as possible.