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Orinth Miss., March 27th, 1862.
Maj.-Genl. M. Lovell, New Orleans:
I telegraphed two days ago I could arm eight gunboats at Fort Pillow with 32-pounders. Are these heavy enough?


Telegram.

Madrid Bend, March 26th, 1862, via Fort Pillow, March 28th, 4 P. M.
To Genl. Beauregard:
Shelling continues slowly. I believe the enemy will attempt to cross at three or four points. I will do all I can to repel him if he attempts it. The negroes left here yesterday by order of General Polk. Additional works will go on slowly, as my force is so small and scattered. I think they will save the injured gunboat. I need three thousand infantry and the balance of Stewart's battery.


Corinth, March 29th, 1862.
Maj.-Genl. J. P. McCown, Madrid Bend, care Col. Pickett, Union City:
General Mackall is ordered to relieve you. You will then await orders at Memphis. Send immediately your (and subordinate) detailed reports of evacuation of New Madrid.


Madrid Bend, March 29th, 1862, via Union City.
Col. Thomas Jordan:
'Tis said that the enemy are cutting a way (a canal) from the foot of Island No.8 to St. John's Bayou. Said to be progressing rapidly for their boats. Bombardment still slowly continues. One of our gunboats came up to Tiptonville last night; fired at seventeen times.


Bombardment of Island No.10 and Madrid Bend commenced on 15th instant, continued constantly night and day. Enemy has fired several thousand 13-inch and rifle shells. On the 17th a grand attack with five gunboats and four mortar-boats, lasted nine hours. The result of bombardment to 28th instant, is, on our side, one man killed, none seriously wounded, and no damage to batteries. Enemy had one gunboat disabled and another reported sunk.


Telegram.

Fort Pillow, April 8th, 1862.
To Genl. Beauregard:
The enemy have taken Island 10; this place should be reinforced at once.


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