War of the Rebellion: Serial 053 Page 0727 Chapter XLII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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CHICKAMAUGA, October 3, 1863. (Received 4th.)

General S. COOPER:

Reports from General Hood continue favorable.

BRAXTON BRAGG.

MERIDIAN, MISS., October 4, 1863.

General JOHNSTON,

Pontotoc, Miss.:

All the ammunition has been sent except caliber .54. There are only 2,000 of that kind here. No news from Tennessee. The following just received from General Pillow:

Dispatch received. Secretary of War has ordered conscripts from Alabama and Mississippi to be sent to the army of Virginia; also have written General Johnston.

B. S. EWELL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, October 4, 1863.

General BRAXTON BRAGG,

Comdg. Army of Tennessee, near Chattanooga:

GENERAL: Lieutenant-General Pemberton being without a command at this time, and being desirous for active service with you, has been directed to report at your headquarters, and to confer with you as to the possibility of being assigned to a corps in your army, and whether or not such assignment would conduce to the public interest.

You are aware of the prejudice which has been arrayed against him, and will know whether it exists among your troops to such an extent as to destroy his usefulness. If it be so, he would not desire to be put on duty there.

I will only add that he possesses the confidence of the Executive as well as my own, and is believed to have been unjustly assailed.

Very respectfully, &c.,

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,

Numbers 255.

Missionary Ridge, October 4, 1863.

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III. Brigadier General Joseph H. Lewis, Provisional Army, is hereby assigned to the command of the brigade lately commanded by Brigadier General B. H. Helm.

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By command of General Bragg:

GEORGE WM. BRENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copy sent to Brigadier General Joseph H. Lewis, Provisional Army, through Lieutenant-General Hill.)