III. Colonel C. H. Tyler is relieved from the command of this brigade, and will report to army headquarters.
IV. The detachment of the First Louisiana Regiment Cavalry, now on duty with Major-General Wharton, will report to army headquarters.
By order of Major-General Wheeler:
E. S. BURFORD,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
MERIDIAN, December 1, 1863.
General BRAGG, Dalton:
Dispatch of 27th just received. Can you replace the lost artillery with that previously won? What do you expect or intend? I have but two small divisions to look to Mobile and Mississippi. But if I could know that a battle was coming and when, would lend another brigade.
J. E. JOHNSTON.
NINE MILES FROM RIPLEY, December 1, 1863-9.30 a.m.
Brigadier-General CHALMERS, Near Rocky Ford:
GENERAL: I crossed the Tallahatchie this morning and to-night will encamp near the Widow Emory's, about 7 miles to the northwest of Ripley, near Tippah. Try and communicate with me tonight should you not cross the river before to-day, and I fear you will not be able to join me before striking the railroad; in which case use your discretion in following any force which may be after me or in making a diversion or real attack. I would prefer your joining me if practicable. The enemy have moved back toward the railroad from Ripley.
S. D. LEE,
HEADQUARTERS, Mrs. Emory's, December 1, 1863-2.30 p.m.
Brigadier-General CHALMERS, or
GENERAL OR COLONEL: I am at this point; wish to hear from you. The enemy were at Ripley to-day; will probably move in the direction of Saulsbury to-morrow. I understand a part of your command will be at Graham's Store to-night. Are both of your brigades with you, and will all your command cross at Rocky Ford?