Fifth. Your fifth question, as to what additional troops you may expect to receive, has been reserved for the consideration of the general commanding.
By command of General Johnston:
B. S. EWELL,
GRENADA, September 2, 1863.
Major General S. D. LEE,
I start Second Missouri Regiment to Abbeville tomorrow. It may be a week before I advance. When Richardson is ready to go into Tennessee, would it not be well to make a raid on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad with him, Ferguson, and myself?
J. R. CHALMERS,
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. FIFTH MILITARY DISTRICT,
DEPT. OF MISS. AND EAST LA.,
Numbers 61. Grenada, September 2, 1863.
I. Major W. M. Cargill, assistant quartermaster, is announced as chief quartermaster of this district. He will take charge of the employes and property left by Major Leath, assistant quartermaster.
By order of Brigadier-General Chalmers:
W. A. GOODMAN,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH MILITARY DISTRICT,
DEPARTMENT OF MISSISSIPPI AND EAST LOUISIANA,
Grenada, September 2, 1863.
Brigadier General S. W. FERGUSON,
GENERAL: I am directed by Brigadier-General Chalmers to say to you that he will send the Second Regiment Missouri Cavalry in the morning to Abbeville, with orders to guard the crossing there, and to send detachments to Wyatt and Rocky Ford to guard the crossings at those places. He expects to move up to Abbeville with his whole command in the course of a few days, and will attempt to hold the line of the Tallahatchie. His headquarters will probably be at Oxford.
He desires that you should have the bridge over Mud Creek reconstructed, so as to render communication sure at all times between Rocky Ford and New Albany.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. A. GOODMAN,
CHATTANOOGA, September 2, 1863.
Honorable JAMES A. SEDDON,
Secretary of War:
Rosecrans' main force has crossed the Tennessee below Bridgeport opposite Stevenson. He is 60 miles from us, with two ranges of