War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0832 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter XLIV.

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[Fragment of letter preceding one dated Headquarters Texas brigade, Jackson's Cavalry Division, March 3, 1864.]

[YAZOO CITY, February 5, 1864.]

Captain GEORGE MOORMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:*

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apprised of my presence in the country.

I think the fleet will go down hte river to-night. Reports reach me that the enemy are moving up the railroad toward Goodman. If I find such is the case, I will move in that direction in the morning. My teams and horses are all broken down, and must be rested or abandoned soon.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. S. ROSS,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. TEXAS Brigadier, JACKSON'S CAVALRY DIVISION, Yazoo city, Miss., February 6, 1864-7 a. m.

Captain MOORMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: Since my last dispatch of 3.15 p. m. yesterday, in which I informed you that the enemy failed to reach the city with their gun-boats and had retired to put off heir infantry, two gun-boats returned about 4.30 p. m. and attempted to shell my troops out of position. Failing to do so they retired again, and my scouts reports that the transports and gun-boats moved off down the river several miles and are out of sight. My men were posted in the breast-works around the city yesterday, dismounted, to fight their infantry, but they would not "come to time," but after maneuvering awhile,as if they intended to attack, retired again to their boats. They have been re-enforced, I am satisfied, with at least one regiment, as two transports ran by Liverpool night before last, coming up. The Sixth Texas Regiment lined the banks and fired heavy volleys into them as they passed. They are very timid since being so badly whipped at Liverpool, and I am confident of whipping them again if they land and fight me here. I have a fine position, and if I only had another section of artillery to post at Liverpool I could capture every transport that attempted to pass.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. S. ROSS,

Brigadier-General.

(Copy to Major-General Loring.)

HDQRS. TEXAS Brigadier, JACKSON'S CAVALRY DIVISION, Yazoo City, February 6, 1864-12 m.

Captain MOORMAN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: The enemy have gone back down the rive disappointed in their hope of landing at this place. My scouts report them passing Satartia on their retreat. I shall move my command back to

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