War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0912 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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HDQRS. FIFTH MIL. DIST., DEPT. MISS. AND E. La.,

Panola, May 23, 1863.

Colonel McCULLOCH, Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: I am directed by the brigadier-general commanding to say to you that he has received information that a force of the enemy, 1,500 strong, left LA Grange on yesterday morning, and may attempt to get in your rear. You will fall back at once to this place, or, if they press you so hard as to render this impossible, you may move so as to cross the river at Randolph's Ferry, and then move to this place. You will notify Colonel Slemons of the movements of the enemy and your own.

I am, &c., your obedient servant,

W. A. GOODMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. HARDEE'S CORPS, ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Wartrace, Tenn., May 23, 1863.

Major-General Breckinridge will put the infantry of his command, except the Tennessee troops, in motion for Wartrace to-morrow morning. * Twenty-five hundred, commencing with [W. S.] Dilworth and [D. W.] Adams, will be at the depot at Wartrace by 7 a. m. [B. H.] Helm's brigade will move so as to reach Wartrace to-morrow morning.

By command of Lieutenant-General Hardee:

T. B. ROY,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS BRECKINRIDGE'S DIVISION,

Fairfield, May 23, 1863.

The above order will be executed as promptly as possible. All the transportation will be taken, and what cannot be carried on the cars will be turned over at Wartrace. General Adams will have not less after as possible. Preparations must be made to reduce the personal baggage to the lowest point.

By command of Major-General Breckinridge:

JOHN A. BUCKNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. Mississippi AND EASTERN LOUISIANA,

Vicksburg, May 24, 1863.

Major-General FORNEY, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say that ha desires that you communicate directly with General Stevenson regarding the movements of the enemy, keeping him informed from time to time.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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* For the strength and composition of Breckinridge's DIVISION, May 21, see Series I, VOL. XXIII, Part II, pp. 846,847.

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