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Tullahoma, April 18, 1863.
Brigadier-General Jackson, Chattanooga: Stop all troops from the Department of Mississippi until General Buford receives General Pemberton's orders. Do it at Atlanta, as well as Chattanooga.

J. E. Johnston, General.

Jackson, May 13, 1863.
Hon. J. A. Seddon, Richmond:
I arrived this evening, finding the enemy in force between this place and General Pemberton, cutting off the communication. I am too late.

J. E. Johnston, General.

I have lately arrived, and learn that Major-General Sherman is between us, with four divisions, at Clinton. It is important to reestablish communication that you may be reenforced. If practicable, come up on his rear at once. To beat such a detachment would be of immediate value; the troops here could cooperate.

All the strength you can quickly assemble should be brought. Time is all-important.

Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General.

War Department, May 27, 1863.

General J. E. Johnston, Commanding, etc. General:
Brigadier-General G. J. Rains having been detailed for duty in connection with torpedoes and sub-terra shells, has been ordered to report to you.

The President has confidence in his inventions, and is desirous that they should be employed both on land and river, if opportunity offers, both at Vicksburg and its vicinity. Should communications allow, you are desired to send


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