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Vicksburg, May 11, 1863.
General Gregg:
From information from General Tilghman, of the enemy being in force opposite the ferry at Baldwin's, it is very probable that the movement toward Jackson is, in reality, on Big Black Bridge, in which case you must be prepared to attack them in rear or on flank.

J. C. Pemberton, Lieutenant-General commanding.

Vicksburg, May 11, 1863.
Brigadier-General Walker, Jackson:
Move immediately with your command to Raymond. General Gregg has been ordered, if the enemy advance on him in too strong force, to fall back on Jackson. You will do likewise, in conjunction with him. If the enemy advance on you in not too strong force, you will meet them. If, instead of advancing on Jackson, they should advance on Big Black Bridge, the command, under direction of the senior officer, will attack them in rear and flank.

J. C. Pemberton, Lieutenant-General.

Enemy is reported advancing in heavy force on Jackson. Hold your command in readiness, and move toward Raymond, either to support General Gregg at that place or to cover his retreat. Telegraph to hurry up reinforcements.

J. C. Pemberton, Lieutenant-General commanding.

General Loring had been ordered to attack before General Cummings's brigade gave way, and the order had been again and again repeated; and, in my opinion, “had Stevenson's division been promptly sustained,” his troops would have deported themselves gallantly and creditably. I have received no explanation of “the extraordinary failure of ”


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