posed to send to the latter place." ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received.
On May 17, McClernand wrote to Maj. John A. Rawlins. "In response to my application for more Cavalry, I was informed that two Squadrons would report to me. This morning Capt Curtis of Co "G" 5th O. Cav. reported with forty men armed with thirteen Carbines, and fifteen revolvers, which Capt Curtis informs me are worthless, and Capt Elwood Co. "I." 11th Ill. Cav. with forty six men armed with defective revolvers and sabres." LS, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received from Reserve Corps, Jackson, Tenn. USG added an undated endorsement. "Before the receipt of this learning that Gen. Thomas had but few Cavalry armed with carbines I directed a communication to Maj. Gen. Halleck stating the necessity for more cavalry in the Reserve Corps and hope they will be ordered from some other portion of the Army." AES, ibid.
On May 27, McClernand wrote to USG. "You will recollect that, some days ago, I requested that the Cavalry force of this Division should be increased. In response you were kind enough to order two Battalions to be sent from Genl. Thomas' Corps under instructions to report to me. After some considerable delay only two Companies came and they were small in numbers and almost totally deficient in arms. Since that date the line occupied by my command has been extended near three miles by ordering forward two Brigades—one of which occupies the camp formerly occupied by Genl Sherman at Ezell's, and the other a camp between that and the Locusts. The small Cavalry force now attached to the 1st Division is inadequate to the service required of it, and General Judah urgently appeals for an addition to it. Indeed the protection of the extended line occupied by my command against surprise requires it." Copies, ibid. ; McClernand Papers, IHi.
Camp Near Corinth Miss.
May 16th 1862
I do hope all suspense about the approaching conflict will be ended before it is time for me to write you another letter. We are moving slowly but in a way to insure success. I feel confidant myself and believe the feeling is general among the troops.
What move next after the attack upon Corinth is hard to predict. It must depend to a great extent upon the movements of the enemy.
Jim Casey 1 is here. He arrived to-day. He is very anxious to have you visit them and says that if you come down he will go