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enemy. Its reported advance checked my movements on LA Fayette. I am confined from ill-health to my room.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

SENATOBIA, May 22, 1863.

Brigadier-General CHALMERS:

General Mitchell's DIVISION mounted infantry and cavalry, with five pieces of artillery, passed Mount Pleasant, going to Davis' Mills, yesterday at 4 p. m. Forces said to be from LA Grange and Moscow. Nothing later from Corinth.

R. McCULLOCH.

PANOLA, MISS., May 22, 1863.

Colonel McCULLOCH, Senatobia:

Do not make the move on LA Fayette if the enemy advances. Send forward parties to meet and ambush.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

RICHMOND, May 23, 1863.

General PEMBERTON:

Your dispatch of 18th [19th] received. I made every effort to re-enforce you promptly, which I am grieved was not successful. Hope that General Johnston will join you with enough force to break up the investment and defeat the enemy. Sympathizing with you for the reverses sustained, I pray God may yet give success to you and the brave troops under your command.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Vicksburg, May 23, 1863.

Major-Generals BOWEN, FORNEY, AND SMITH, Commanding:

GENERALS: I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say that it was not intended to compliment General Lee's brigade to any greater extent that any of the troops engaged in the trenches. No distinction can be drawn, all the troops having behaved with the greatest gallantry.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Vicksburg, May 23, 1863.

Major General John H. FORNEY, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say that the supply of spades and shovels is very limited. Major Lockett will be ordered to furnish as many as can possibly be procured.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.