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Troops must not go to Kirby Smith now. Circumstances altered by burning of railroad bridge. Hence let all be sent here at once via Mobile.


HEADQUART1ERS army of the Mississippi, Corinth, Miss., April 16th, 1862.
Brig.-Genl. H. Little, Rienzi, Miss.:
General,—I am instructed by the General to say that he wishes you to examine the country for the distance of five miles to the south and west of Rienzi, with a view to ascertaining its fitness for an encampment for twenty-five thousand men. Look especially into the question of abundance of good water and wood.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Thos. Jordan, A. Adj.-Genl.

Headquarters army of the Mississippi, Corinth, Miss., April 16th, 1862.
Genl. Sam. Cooper, A. and I. Genl. C. S. A., Richmond:
General,—I fear that Colonel Northrop, Chief of the Subsistence Department, is disposed or determined to ignore the presence with these headquarters of Lieutenant-Colonel Lee of his department, the officer next in rank in it to himself, and one of the largest experience in our service, sent here, as you are aware, on my application, because of that experience.

Circumstances convince me that I am not mistaken, and, unless Colonel Northrop is led to change his course, the service and the country will suffer. His attempts to communicate directly with subordinates to Colonel Lee, and not to communicate at all with Colonel Lee, are palpably disrespectful to the authority that sent the Colonel to my staff, as well as to me, and I trust Colonel Northrop will be made to understand this before he can do any material mischief.

I trust the department will understand that I have only noticed this matter because I feared injury to great public interests might result if I were silent; and I beg to add that my attention to this matter has not been attracted by any complaint from Colonel Lee.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Corinth, April 22d, 1862.
Maj.-Genl. Van Dorn, Memphis:
You may as well begin sending your troops here by brigades at once.


Corinth, April 23d, 1862.
Maj.-Genl. Van Dorn, Memphis:
Information about Hamburg true. Send on your troops rapidly. Battery horses, too, if possible. Rust must bold himself ready to move, if required.


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