the sunken gunboat Cincinnati. The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to say to you he has given his consent to the undertaking, provided it is not attempted with less than 50 men.
F. M. STAFFORD,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
RICHMOND, May 30, 1863.
General JOSEPH E. Johnston:
General French goes without troops.
Adjutant and Inspector General.
CANTON, May, 30, 1863-6 p. m.
Reports from near the Yazoo, brought by a person who says that he is Myers, of the Fifteenth Mississippi, employed as a scout by you, represent that some 15,000 of the enemy's troops are moving up between the Yazoo and Big Black. Have you troops to move at a moment's notice, with ammunition, cooking implements, and wagons?I am up the road. Tell me forthwith if Myers is to be depended on . I have sent him to you. Bring such provision as will not delay you.
The telegraph is not working; the operator says on account of electricity.
J. E. Johnston.
CANTON, May 30, 1863-8. 45 p. m.
Major-General LORING, Jackson:
The quartermaster has engaged railroad transportation for 5,500 men, the trains to be near Jackson at daybreak. Bring up about that number from your DIVISION, with ammunition and cooking implements; no knapsacks. Two or three wagons to be started at the earliest hour by the road. Provisions can be had here. Cars for 1,500 men will return from here.
J. E. Johnston.
HDQRS. FIFTH MILITARY DISTRICT, Numbers 32. DEPT. Mississippi AND E. LOUISIANA, Panola, May 30, 1863.
I. The troops of this command will be reorganized as follows:
Colonel ROBERT McCULLOCH.
1st Mississippi Partisans.
2nd Missouri Cavalry.
Waul's Texas Legion Cavalry Battalion.
Colonel W. F. SLEMONS.
2nd Arkansas Cavalry.
1st [7th] Tennessee Cavalry.
Faulkner's (Kentucky) battalion.
[W. R.] Mitchell's Mississippi Partisans.
[J. W.] Smith's Mississippi Partisans.
Brigadier General J. Z. GEORGE.
2nd Mississippi Partisans.
Mississippi Battalion Partisan Rangers (Dunn's).
Mississippi Battalion Partisan Rangers (McGuirk's