War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0894 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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the left of the lines to-morrow morning, and that you hold Colonel Waul's command prepared to re-enforce that point, in case it becomes necessary.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. M. STAFFORD,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. MISS. AND E. La., Vicksburg, May 19, 1863.

Major General MARTIN L. SMITH,

Commanding,&c., Vicksburg:

The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to say to you that there is a probability of a heavy assault on your left to-morrow morning, and that you be prepared for it. He has given Generals Bowen and Stevenson and Colonel Waul instructions concerning sending re-enforcements to you in case it is necessary.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. M. STAFFORD,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, May 19, 1863.

Major MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

In anticipation of an assault on my left in the morning, I have to request that a portion of Waul's Legion, or the whole of it, if it can be spared, be placed near Fort Hill at daylight. Should the necessity for them arise, there will be no time to send for them.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

M. L. SMITH.

HDQRS. DEPT. MISS. AND E. La., Vicksburg, May 19, 1863.

Major General MARTIN L. SMITH,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to say to you, in reply to communication just received, that Major-General Forney is immediately on your right; that Brigadier-General Bowen's command is held in reserve, with instruction to re-enforce any point when it is necessary. To give you discretionary power, would be to force him under your orders. He must be consulted as to the necessity of the movement, and, he concurring, the movement will be made, provided the general commanding cannot be consulted.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. M. STAFFORD,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. MISS. AND E. La., Vicksburg, May 19, 1863.

Major General C. L. STEVENSON:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to say to you that he is informed by General Forney that there is a large force of the enemy moving down the Baldwin road, leaving the road at Ferguson's, about a mile from the intrenchments. You will hold your