The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 24, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc. Page: 1,043
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CHAP. XXXVI.1 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE. 1043
Grant would make that place his headquarters for some time. Mrs.
Grant just arrived. McPherson's corps arrived at Vicksburg. Sher-
man arrived; brought two divisions; gone up river. A brigade to
Natchez; four boat-loads of negroes to New Orleans. The destruction
of railroads and wasting the country give me the impression that
Grant's troops would be used in Virginia or Tennessee until the mild
J. E. JOHNSTON.
RICHMOND, VA., August 2, 1863.
General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON, Morton :
Send Evans' brigade without delay to Savannah, Ga., retaining the
artillery and horses for the present.*
By the President:
Adjutant and Inspector General.
HDQRS. PAROLED PRISONERS, Demopolis, Ala., August 3, 1863.
Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON, Comdg. &c., Gainesville, Ala.:
GENERAL: Please inform me whether you gave any orders for the
Arkansas troops to rendezvous on the other side of the river, or whether
orders to that effect were given by the War Department.
There are only 15 or 20 men and no officers of the Arkansas regi-
I am, general, respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. L. STEVENSON.
MERIDIAN, MISS., August 4, 1863.
General S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector General :
SIR: From a sense of duty I make to you this communication. I am
personally known to the President, and am well known to the Hon.
Wyn (ham Robertson, representative of i he city of Richmond in the State
Legislature, and I take the liberty of referring you to these gentlemen.
I have been a close observer of the progress of things in MIississi!ppi,
and I am satisfied it is absolutely necessary that a new leaf be turned
over in this department. As commissioner under the impressment law
of Congress, I have felt it to be my duty to make diligent inquiry into
the condition of things as to supplies for the army, and I feel warranted
in the assertion that there has not existed a deficiency in the State. In
the commissary department there has been a great want of foresight
and energy. The troops at Port Hudson and Vicksburg should never
have been reduced to short rations. These strongholds, by proper man-
agement, could have easily been provisioned for six or twelve months.
The truth of this statement can be satisfactorily established should it
be questioned, and whilst the commissary department has been thus
inefficient, its agents have been multiplied to an unnecessary extent.,
and this is also true somewhat, I think, of the quartermaster's depart-
ment. The great number of able-bodied men connected with these de-
partments has attracted general notice, and to correct this abuse strin-
gent measures must be adopted. Mere genera orders will accomplish
* So ordered, August 3.
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