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[567] of the army under Grant at Vicksburg is, beyond doubt, on its way to this place.

J. E. Johnston.

Jackson, July 16, 1863.
To his Excellency President Davis:
The enemy being strongly reenforced, and able, when he pleases, to cut us off, I shall abandon this place, which it is impossible for us to hold.

J. E. Johnston.

Brandon, July 16, 1863.
To his Excellency President Davis:
Jackson was abandoned last night. The troops are now moving through this place to encamp three miles to the east. Those officers who have seen the Vicksburg troops think that they cannot be kept together. General Pemberton thinks the best policy is to furlough them by regiments.

J. E. Johnston.

Richmond, July 18, 1863.
General J. E. Johnston:
Your dispatch of yesterday received, informing me of your retreat from Jackson toward the east. I desire to know your ulterior purpose. The enemy may not pursue, but move up the Central road to lay waste the rich country toward Tennessee, and cooperate afterward with Rosecrans. Another column, Eastern Louisiana being abandoned, may be sent from New Orleans to attack Mobile on the land side.

The recommendation to furlough the paroled troops from Vicksburg offers a hard alternative under the pressure of our present condition.

Jefferson Davis.

Savannah, Georgia, July 27, 18l1.
Immediately after our return to Jackson after its occupation by the forces under General Grant, I was ordered by General Johnston to furnish the Southern Railroad authorities

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