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to Clinton and informing me, that we may move to that point with about six thousand. Pemberton reversed his column to return to Edward's Depot and take the Brownsville road, so as to proceed toward Clinton on the north side of the railroad, and sent a reply to General Johnston to notify him of the retrograde movement and the renchments along which his command had been placed, he received by courier a communication from General Johnston, dated May 17, 1863, camp between Livingston and Brownsville, in answer to Pemberton's report of the result of the battles of Baker's Creek and Big Black, and the consequent evacuation of Snyder's Mills. General Johnstons that— Field transportation and other supplies having been obtained, the army marched toward the Big Black, and on the evening of July 1st encamped between Brownsville and the river. The 2d and 3d of July were spent in reconnaissance, from which the conclusion was reached that an attack on the north side of the railroad wa