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[565] engineer, has been directed to repair there for that purpose. The General wishes me to ask you to give Captain Harris all the aid in your power, especially to arouse your people to a sense of their duty to furnish the necessary labor in such measure that the work will go on with the proper celerity.

And in this connection the General directs me to say, he shall confidently expect the large slave-owners of the vicinity to come forward with their slaves, with the same alacrity and liberality that has characterized all other classes of our people during this war.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Thomas Jordan, A. Adj.-Genl.

Corinth, April 24th, 1862.
Brig.-Genl. A. Rust, at Fort Pillow:
Come down to Memphis with your brigade, except one regiment, to be kept at Randolph, as before directed. Five days cooked subsistence, one hundred rounds ammunition when you leave Memphis.

Thomas Jordan, A. A. Genl.

Yes, construct proposed batteries and obstruct Yazoo.


Fort Pillow, April 28th, 1862.
To Genl. G. T. Beauregard:
Three companies artillery left for Corinth last night. Bombardment continues day and night. One man killed last night.

You will judge when it is necessary to retire from Fort Pillow, via Covington and Somerville, or Ripley, Brownsville, Jackson, and Grand Junction, to this place. The enemy have no land force to fear.

Corinth, Miss., May 13th, 1862.
Genl. S. Cooper, A. and I. Genl., Richmond, Va.:
General Villepigue reports, ‘Scouts from Osceola say enemy's gunboats Mound City and Carondelet run aground to prevent sinking; another injured; one pilot and seventeen men killed.’ He thinks the report reliable. No firing from the enemy since this morning. Their mortar-boats have all been towed out of range. The ‘River Defence’ men are greatly elated, and feel great confidence in their boats.

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