Ammunition. Depots to be established at Columbus and Grenada, Mississippi. Ammunition for Distribution. 100 rounds per man, for infantry and cavalry with each regiment. 200 rounds per piece with each company of artillery. The requisite amount, in the same ratio, for an army of thirty-five thousand men, to be held in depot at Grand Junction, ready for shipment at a moment's notice. Ordnance.
Powder manufactory to be established at Meridian, Mississippi, and sulphur, etc., to be collected there.
Percussion-cap manufactory to be established at Columbus, and, if possible, at Grenada.
Prisoners of war now at Memphis to be removed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Troops to be prepared for active operations in the field, and their baggage to be reduced to a minimum.
Transportation shall be from ten to fifteen wagons per regiment, if practicable.
Rear-guards must, as they retire, destroy bridges behind them, especially on ordinary roads, by felling trees, etc., if practicable; for this purpose they must be provided with axes.
Each fort and light battery must be provided forthwith with an ample supply of rat-tail files.
General Polk will please issue necessary orders to that effect.
The 4th Louisiana regiment, at Jackson, will report to Major-General Bragg for orders.
|One Chief of Ordnance,||Captain Oladowski.|
|Ordnance officer at Columbus,||Mr. W. R. Hunt.|
|Ordnance officer at Grenada,||Captain Gibbs.|
|Ordnance officer at Grand Junction,||Mr. Tonneau.|
G. T. Beauregard, Genl. C. S. A.
Jackson, Tenn., March 8th, 1862.Dear General,—I think it would be well to establish your headquarters at or about Humboldt as soon as possible, so as to infuse some order and discipline among the troops assembled there and at Union City. Please carry into effect, at once, the instructions contained in my letter of the 6th instant, for I feel very anxious at the condition of things in our front, due greatly to the want of the general officers we have applied for. I think it would be well to inquire strictly into the non-compliance of your first orders relative to those cars at and above Humboldt, and arrest whoever is responsible for that neglect. Let the heavy baggage be separated at once in every company, regiment, and brigade, to be sent to the rear as soon as we can dispose of the cars for that object. I am informed the enemy has threatened to destroy the property of all inhabitants on this side of the Tennessee River who should send away any cotton, pork, or forage to prevent the same from falling into his hands. If so, a mounted company or two must be sent there to