On the 22nd instant, by telegram to General Loring, at Jackson, I asked, " Is communication open with Lieutenant-General Pemberton; if not, with whom shall I communicate? In what manner can I aid you?" To the inquiry on this point, no reply has been received. Your dispatch of the 27th will be observed, and reports made to you. Strength of cavalry force is herewith respectfully forwarded.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS, Number -. Canton, MISS., May 28, 1863.
The command of brigadier-General Chalmers is extended southward to the country now occupied by the forces adjacent to this place.
By command of General Johnston:
A. P. MASON,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. FIFTH MILITARY DISTRICT, Numbers 29. Panola, MISS., May 28, 1863.
In accordance with General Orders, Numbers 28, the undersigned assumes command of the district.
ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE, Number 127. Richmond, May 28, 1863.
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III. Major General S. G. French is relieved from the Department of Southern Virginia, and will proceed without delay to Mississippi, where he will report for duty to General J. E. Johnston.
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BY command of the Secretary of War:
JACKSON, May 29, 1863.
I am to weak to save Vicksburg. Can do no more than attempt to save you and your garrison. It will be impossible to extricate you, unless you co-operate, and we make mutually supporting movements.
Communicate your plans and suggestions, if possible.
J. E. Johnston.
Vicksburg, May 29, 1863.
General JOSEPH E. Johnston:
Your dispatch of 25th received this evening, with 20,000 caps. Fontaine yesterday with 18,000. No other messengers from you since(18th). I have dispatched about 8 messengers. I have 18,000 men to man the
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