War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0925 Chapter XXXVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -CONFEDERATE.

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GRENADA, MISS., May 26, 1863.

General CHALMERS:

A later dispatch from commander at Vaughan's says one gunboat, heavy guns; light guns on transports.

J. Z. GEORGE.

PANOLA, MISS., May 26, 1863.

General J. Z. GEORGE, Grenada:

Organize your forces, and send, them here as soon as possible.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

HDQRS. FIFTH MIL. DIST., Panola, MISS., May 26, 1863.

Lieutenant-Colonel [H. C.] YOUNG and

Major [R. A.] McCULLOCH:

SIRS: The note directing you to move the commands to this place is countermanded. The general has information that the Federals have divided in small parties, and are straggling through the country north of Coldwater in all directions. He therefore wishes you and Major McCulloch to cross the river, and harass and pick them up.

He directs me to say, in addition, that he has great confidence in you both as officers, and in case his information is not correct, and the enemy are in force, he wishes you both to act as your judgment dictates. Public roads are to be avoided, if possible, and a guide, if necessary, to be pressed to conduct you to Condras Ford, where your commands are to cross. Colonel Blythe's regiment is ordered up in section of country WEST of Hernando.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FIFTH MILITARY DISTRICT, Number 27. Panola, MISS., May 26, 1863.

In accordance with orders from department headquarters, the undersigned assumes command of all the Partisan Ranger corps in WEST Tennessee.

JAMES R. CHALMERS.

Abstract from morning report of Walker's DIVISION, Major General W. H. T. Walker, C. S. Army, commanding, for May 26, 1863; headquarters, canton, MISS.

Present for duty

Command. Officers Men. Aggregat Aggrega

. e te

present. present

and

absent.

DIVISION staff 9 -- 9 9

Gist's brigade 143 2,500 3,046 3,572

Ector's brigade 117 1,104 1,357 2,174

Gregg's brigade* 259 2,216 2,730 3,864

McNair's brigade 116 1,168 1,533 2,438

Wilson's brigade 173 2,561 3,206 4,339

Adam's brigade+ --- --- --- ---

Ferguson's command+ --- --- --- ---

Total 817 9,549 11,881 16,396

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* Gregg's brigade at this date consisted of the Fourteenth Mississippi, THIRD, Tenth, thirtieth, Forty-first, and FIFTIETH Tennessee Battalion, Seventh Texas, and Bledsoe's Battery.

+ Not reported on original.

++Note on original, reports " total effective infantry, 9,189. "

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