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[587] until 12 P. M. on the 7th instant, and afterwards in the vicinity of Baldwin, guarding the rear of Hardee's corps, until 4 A. M. on the 8th instant.

3d. General Breckinridge's corps of reserve will leave for Tupelo, via Carrollville and Birmingham, at 3 A. M. on the 7th instant, stopping for the night at Yanoby Creek, a few miles beyond the latter town, and will resume its line of march at 3 A. M. on the 8th instant.

4th. General Bragg's corps will leave by the same road as General Breckinridge's (passing to the westward of Carrollville) at 2 P. M. on the 7th instant, stopping for the night at or near Birmingham, leaving there at 3 A. M. for Tupelo. His cavalry will follow (on the same road) the movement from where it is now posted, at 3 A. M. on the 8th instant. The regiment at Ripley will move on the road from that place to Tupelo, and all said cavalry will be posted as already indicated to General Bragg on the map.

5th. General Polk's corps will conform its movement to that of General Bragg, starting at 2 P. M. on the 7th instant on the direct road to Saltillo, west of the railroad, halting at that place until further orders. His cavalry will remain where at present posted, and will follow his movement along the same road, guarding his rear, at 3 A. M. on the 8th instant.

6th. All infantry outposts should be recalled in time to join their commands.

7th. All finger-boards and mile-posts should be taken down by the cavalry of the rear-guards.



Report of Genl. G. T. Beauregard, commanding Western Department.

Tupelo, Miss., June 13th, 1862.
Genl. Samuel Cooper, Adj. and Insp. Genl. C. S. Army, Richmond, Va.:
General,—In relation to recent military operations in this quarter, I have to submit the following for the information of the War Department.

The purposes and ends for which I had occupied and held Corinth having been mainly accomplished by the last of May, and by the 25th of that month having ascertained definitely that the enemy had received large accessions to his already superior force, while ours had been reduced day by day, by disease resulting from bad water and inferior food, I felt it clearly my duty to evacuate that position without delay. I was further induced to this step by the fact that the enemy had declined my offer of battle, twice made him, outside of my intrenched lines, and sedulously avoided the separation of his corps, which he advanced with uncommon caution under cover of heavy guns, strong intrenchments, constructed with unusual labor and with singular delay, considering his strength and our relative inferiority in numbers.

The transparent object of the Federal commander had been to cut off my resources by destroying the Mobile and Ohio and the Memphis and Charleston railroads. This was substantially foiled by the evacuation and withdrawal along the line of the former road, and, if followed by the enemy remote from his base, I confidently anticipated an opportunity for resumption of the offensive, with chances for signal success.

Under these plain conditions, on the 26th ultimo, I issued verbally several


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