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[558] company of cavalry, and a battery of six pieces of light artillery. The troops withdrawn will be first assembled at Fort Pillow. Don't you think they might be most needed for the impending conflict in your quarter?

I shall keep you thoroughly advised of all that may be done or directed on the river, as well as all the General's views or notions.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Thomas Jordan, A. Adj.-Genl.

Send down immediately to Fort Pillow all the negro force not required by you, with all extra tools, and also Captain Harris, of Engineers.

Humboldt, March 16th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
The attack on the island commenced this morning early, and has continued up to this hour, 12 M.

Humboldt, March 16th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
The following just received:

Madrid Bend, March 16th.
General,—I received your despatch with Colonel Jordan's letter. I will, if possible, execute your instructions. My experience makes me tremble for the result. The gunboats are now off the point, dropping down.

Jackson, Tenn., March 16th, 1862.
To Brig.-Genl. McCown, Madrid Bend:
Prepare fire-rafts to anchor mid-channel and lighten up at night.

Jackson, Tenn., March 17th, 1862.
To Brig.-Genl. McCown:
In face of exigencies you must exercise your own judgment as to reduction of force hitherto directed; but cannot understand why you should tremble for result. What obstacles intervene to withdrawal as instructed?

Humboldt, March 17th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
The following just received from Colonel Pickett, 8.45 P. M., March 17th, Union City:

General McCown writes, dated 7 A. M., over six hundred shot and shell thrown at us yesterday. Nobody hurt. They will soon open fire to-day.

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