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[562] Have ordered all to be collected at one point at once, and advised General Mc-Cown. Will report as soon as they are ready.

I consider presence of Major Gilmer indispensable at Fort Pillow for a few days. Safety of the place and Mississippi Valley may depend on.

I want eight 32 or long 24 pounders for floating rams. Which can you spare best, and are they with or without carriages? Have you any field-battery? Do you want field-guns for land fronts?

A general court-martial will be ordered. Send worthless mules to 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.


Union City, March 24th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
The following received here at 1 A. M.

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.


Union City, March 25th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
Very heavy firing at No. 10 since 5 A. M. Apparently broadsides.

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