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Jackson, Tenn., March 17th, 1862.
Col. W. R. Hunt, Ordnance Officer, Corinth:
General wishes twelve rifled guns you mention sent to Fort Pillow in haste. Have they carriages? If not, make them with all possible despatch.

Thomas Jordan, A. Adj.-Genl.

Telegram.

Humboldt, March 18th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
The following just received from General McCown:


Fort Pillow, March 18th, 1862.
General Polk:
In obedience to orders, I am here with six guns of Bankhead's battery, six guns Captain Stuart's battery; Colonel Neilly Mark's, Colonel Scott's, Colonel Kennedy's, Colonel Bradford's, and Colonel Travis's regiments. I directed Captain Neilly's squadron to be sent down as soon as they could be withdrawn from the position they occupied. I left with Colonel Walker the artillery, heavy; Colonel Steadman's, Colonel Gantt's, Colonel Baker's, Colonel Henderson Walker's, Colonel Clark's, and Colonel Terry's battalion. Also one company of Captain Stuart's battery, the least force that I think he can maintain his position with, and also two companies Mississippi cavalry. Terry's, Clark's, and Brown's regiments are small and badly armed. Should you desire a further removal of troops from Island No.10, you can direct General Walker what troops to send.

J. P. McCown, L. Polk, Maj.-Genl.

Telegram.

Humboldt, March 18th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
I have received the accompanying despatch, and have replied and given him the following instructions: To Maj.-Genl. McCown, Comdg. Fort Pillow:

Your despatch of this morning, informing me of your removal, received.

I am gratified to know you have retired your troops so successfully. You will assume command at Fort Pillow, and take immediate measures for putting it in the most effective condition of defence. Please furnish me immediately a report of its condition in every department, and what you need. I am promised, by General Bragg, ten heavy shell-guns for your use there. They are now on the way. Is it possible for you to obtain any heavy guns from above (Island 10, etc.)? Furnish me immediately a detailed report of your evacuation of New Madrid, and the retirement of your troops from the Bend, with such general information in regard to the condition of that post as will put me in possession of all important particulars, and send it to me by an intelligent officer.


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