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[507] him there; but if otherwise, to employ him in his devices against the enemy, where most assailable in that way, elsewhere. All reasonable facilities in the supply of men or material for the fair trial of his torpedoes or shells, are requested on your part. Such means of offense against the enemy are approved and recognized by the Department as legitimate weapons of warfare.

With high esteem, Very truly yours, James A. Seddon, Secretary of War.

Canton, May 31, 1863.
Lieutenant-General E. Kirby Smith, Commanding Trans-Mississippi Department:
Port Hudson is invested by Major-General Banks, Vicksburg by Major-General Grant. I am preparing to aid Vicksburg, but cannot march to Port Hudson without exposing my little army to destruction. If you can do any thing to succor Port Hudson, I beg you to do it.

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

Canton, May 31, 1863.
His Excellency the President, Richmond:
Your dispatch of 30th received. By official returns, troops near Canton, including Gist's and Walker's brigades of Beauregard's army, Ector's and McNair's of Bragg's, and Gregg's of Pemberton's, have effective nine thousand four hundred. Troops near Jackson, including Loring's division and Maxcy's brigade of Pemberton's troops, and Evans's of Beauregard's, have effective seven thousand eight hundred. Major-General Breckenridge reports to-day five thousand eight hundred. Brigadier-General Jackson's cavalry, numbering about sixteen hundred when I was in Tennessee, not included, nor five field-batteries, probably four hundred.

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