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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FORCES AROUND JACKSON, MISS., Number 25. June 30, 1863.

I. The brigades of Helm, Adams, and Stowall will move in the order as mentioned to-morrow, Wednesday morning, at sunrise, to the vicinity of Clinton, MISS.

II. The batteries will move immediately in rear of their respective brigades.

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BY command of Major-General Breckinridge:

JOHN A. BUCKNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DIVISION, July 1, 1863.

MAJOR MEMMINGER, Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

Colonel [T. P.] Dockery reports from near Graveyard roads as follows:

The enemy are moving a force from my front and left toward the Jackson road. I cannot see enough of the force to judge of its strength. I can see several stand of colors.

I have just written a note to General Smith, notifying him of the above, and of the damage to our works on the road by the explosion of the mine, and to request him to hold a portion of his troops in readiness to move to our assistance, but that the call will not be made for troops unless our positions are carried, or we are hard pressed.

JNumber H. FORNEY.

HEADQUARTERS ADAMS' REGIMENT, July 1, 1863-4 p. m. Captain GEORGE MOORMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

CAPTAIN: Enemy quit in front. Lieutenant [William C.] Gibson, of my regiment, was within three-fourths of a mile of Edwards yesterday on a scout. He reports none of the enemy south of the railroad at that point. From a citizen just from the Federal lines, he learned that the force this side of Big Black consists of a corps and one DIVISION. The corps crossed at Bovina, the DIVISION above; he thinks at Bridgeport. The scout's impression, from what he could learn, was that this advance of the enemy was for the purpose of calling General Johnston's attention from Port Hudson, to which point Grant has sent 30,000 re-enforcements to Banks. The information from the citizen regarding the crossing of the corps at Bovina is, I think, reliable.

I am, captain, yours, very respectfully,

WIRTH ADAMS,

Colonel, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS JACKSON'S DIVISION,

Clinton, MISS., July 8, 1863-10,30 p. m.

Respectfully forwarded for the information of the general commanding. This was received this evening, before the advance of the enemy.

W. H. JACKSON.

RICHMOND, July 2, 1863.

Lieutenant General E. KIRBY SMITH,

care of General Joseph E. Johnston, Jackson, MISS.:

I am convinced that the safety of Vicksburg depends on your prompt and efficient co-operation. As far as practicable, I desire you to move