Camp on the Big Black River, Near Vicksburg, Mississippi
The movement of armies through the territory east of Vicksburg has left some of the inhabitants without food and supplies. Colonel Corse is in charge of supplying them. Sawyer sent him this communication:
HEADQUARTERS Fifteenth ARMY CORPS, Camp near Black River, August 9, 1863
Colonel John M. CORSE, Commanding Brigade, Oak Ridge:
COLONEL: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your communication of the 8th instant, and am directed by the general commanding to say that your action as stated therein meets his entire approbation. You can supply such of the destitute families in your neighborhood as may be by you deemed worthy with necessary provisions, and the amount will be made up to you.
With reference to the enemy’s cavalry reported to be in the vicinity of Benton, I would state that a force of our own cavalry will start in that direction tomorrow, and effectually rid the country of their presence.
R. M. SAWYER, Assistant Adjutant-GeneralAdvertisements