Have ordered all to be collected at one point at once, and advised General Mc-Cown. Will report as soon as they are ready.
Major Gilmer indispensable at Fort Pillow for a few days. Safety of the place and Mississippi Valley may depend on.
Memphis. Engineers all remain; Captain Harris as Chief. Major Gilmer, Engineer Corps, is en route for Fort Pillow. Send return, by mail, of all heavy ordnance and ammunition. By order of General Beauregard.
Thomas Jordan, A. A. Genl.
Headquarters Madrid Bend, March 23d.General,—I hope Van Dorn will act promptly. I am not desponding yet. I know my position. One gunboat has sunk on a bar just beyond range. They are either trying to raise her, or removing the guns. Fire-rafts cannot be placed, as our batteries are under fire. When we reply it is slowly, waiting until they are where we want them. Have sent to Pillow for two hundred rifle shots.