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[503] division from West Virginia, and Major-General Sigel is just in with more troops. Should not our troops in West Virginia follow the movement of the Federals? It seems to me urgent.

J. E. Johnston, General.

Mobile, March 12, 1863.
Hon. J. A. Seddon:
I received your dispatch ordering me to Tullahoma here on my way to Mississippi. Shall return as soon as I can.

J. E. Johnston, General.

Mobile, March 12, 1863.
Hon. J. A. Seddon:
There are no resources under my control to meet the advance you refer to. On the contrary, I have repeatedly asked for reenforcements for all the departments you mention. As the enemy has certainly sent troops from Virginia to Middle Tennessee, we ought to do the same without delay. Troops will not be likely to move from Corinth until Rosecrans advances.

J. E. Johnston, General.

Mobile, March 12, 1863.
Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War. Sir:
I have had the honor to receive here, being on my way to Lieutenant-General Pemberton's headquarters, two dispatches (telegraphic) from you, by way of Chattanooga, to which I have briefly replied by telegraph.

The second asks if I have any resources under my control to meet the advance from Corinth, reported by Lieutenant-General Pemberton; if troops can be spared from Mobile or Mississippi, or from Middle Tennessee, for the purpose — if Van Dorn's cavalry, at least, might not return.


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