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Send Captain Owen's Arkansas company to Fort Pillow, to report for heavy artillery service.


The General wishes his instructions to engineers and commanding officers at Fort Pillow collected and copied in a book, for information of commanding officer of that post. The land front defences must be shortened, for a total garrison of but three thousand men, as he has repeatedly stated before.

Thos. Jordan, A. Adj-Gen.


Furnish “Mississippi defence expedition” all requisite armament and ammunition for immediate service, and report.


No arms here, or available at present. Employ unarmed men to construct bridge over Hatchie on roads to Covington and Randolph, and repair roads. Impress negroes also for same purpose. Show to General. Villepigue. Ample additional forces ordered to our assistance.


Corinth, April 14th, 1862.
General Sam. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond, Va.:
Cannot a more active and efficient officer be put in command of gunboats at Fort Pillow? It is important to do so at once. I am informed garrison at Madrid Bend capitulated; part got off. No official report yet. I am reinforcing garrison of Fort Pillow for a strong and long defence. When will Memphis gunboats be ready? Are much needed.

On the 13th of April, General Rust, of General Price's division of Van Dorn's Trans-Mississippi Department, was sent to Fort Pillow with three regiments and a battalion of infantry, most of them badly armed and equipped. On the following day he informed General Beauregard of his arrival; spoke of the imminence of an attack by the enemy's land forces; and called for additional arms for his men.

General Villepigue had asked for reinforcements as soon as he no longer doubted the truth of the report of the fall of Island No.

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