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EVANS' BRIGADE, Jackson, July 11, 1863.

Major General S. G. FRENCH, Commanding:

GENERAL: The enemy are erecting a battery, evidently to enfilade our line. It would be well to have cotton bales hauled here to-day, to be put up to-night. I will try to interrupt their party as soon as I can distract the attention of the sharpshooters.

Very truly, yours,


RAYMOND, July 12, 1863.

General JOSEPH E. Johnston, Commanding, &c, Jackson:

The most of my troops, paroled prisoners, will be in Raymond to-day. Stevenson's DIVISION to-morrow. Many of the men are leaving for their homes without authority. Unless you send me orders to the contrary, I shall move via Bovina to Brandon.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


JACKSON, July 12, 1863.


GENERAL: I have learned with high satisfaction the success of your troops this morning; it increases my confidence in your gallant DIVISION. I beg you to say so it for me. Do me the kindness, also, to express to the First and THIRD Florida, Forty-seventh Georgia, and Fourth Florida Regiments the pride and pleasure with which I have accepted the splendid trophies they have presented me. Assure them that I equally appreciate the soldierly courage and kindly feelings to myself which have gained me these noble compliments.

Respectfully and truly, your obedient servant,

J. E. Johnston,

CANTON, July 12, 1863.


I cannot advise you to change your position, nor do I think it safe to send forage near this place. The enemy are now near here. Have been skirmishing this morning.


MOBILE, July 13, 1863.

Colonel B. S. EWELL, Assistant Adjutant-General.

Can send, if General Johnston deems it expedient, [J. H.] Clanton's command, consisting of 500 or 600 cavalry, and seven or eight companies of infantry. Also one full regiment of infantry. Clanton's cavalry now in neighborhood of Mobile and Ohio Railroad.


Major-General, Commanding.

VAUGHAN'S STATION, July 13, 1863.


The operator at Yazoo City reports that Colonel [W. B.] Creasman has abandoned his position at Yazoo City, leaving guns, ammunition,