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: 972
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MISSISSIPPI, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC.
If I can do nothing to relieve you, rather than surrender the garrison,
endeavor to cross the river at the last moment, if you and General
J. E. JOHNSTON.
PANOLA, June 22, 1863.
General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON, Canton, Miss. :
Scout Weaver reported last night the 700 from Pocahontas whipped
by General Ruggles and driven back toward Memphis and Charleston
Railroad. Scout from near Memphis just reports General Chalmers
engaged enemy near Hernando Saturday, killed 8 or 10, captured 100,
and drove the remainder back toward Memphis. Chalmers was on the
west side of Coldwater this morning, and Colonel Hatch crossed at
Mathews' Ferry late last evening, in pursuit of him, with about 800;
burned the bridge after him. Colonel Blythe was following this morn.
ing after the enemy; he will be delayed somewhat in crossing Cold.
water, but will be in time to render assistance to General Chalmers, it
Colonel McCulloch was in pursuit of another column of the enemy
that went through Luxahoma toward La Grange. The remaining column
of the enemy crossed at Hernando Ferry and went toward Memphis.
We have only a picket guard at this place. Wagon trains all returned
from Charleston this evening. My reports have been few since the en-
emy advanced upon this place, partly from my moving about so as not
to get my regular reports, and partly from sickness. I write this in
bed. My lieutenant will be in to relieve or assist me to-morrow.
Captain Independent couts.
HDQRS. FIRST MIL. DIST., Pontotoc, Miss., June 22, 1863.
General JOHNSTON :
Enemy's cavalry, (00 strong, two guns, went west from near Oxford
Saturday. Not heard of since. I await further information. Can you
give it ? Major Inge is reported fighting band of tories near Fulton.
Asks more troops. If I cross the Central road, this district will be un-
protected. Roddey has never co-operated directly with me.
PONTOTOC, June 22, 1863.
Col. B. S. EWELL, Assistant Adjutant-General :
COLONEL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter
of the 7th ultimo, containing the views of General Johnston touching
the line of defense in Northeastern Mississippi. I had anticipated the
views of the general, both in opinion and in action, as will be seen in
communications repeatedly made.
The policy connected with taking up an advanced position has been
dependent on material facts beyond my control.
1. I had no organized troops disciplined and not demoralized when
ordered to the district.
2. They were miserably and are still poorly armed, and have not been,
until very recently, provided with ammunition sufficient for a single
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United States. War Department. 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., book, 1889; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154593/m1/972/?q=Thrall/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.