Head Quarters Army of the Tenn.
Memphis June 26th 1862.
COL. G. N. FITCH
COMDG EXPEDITION ON WHITE RIVER.
I send Five Steamers loaded with supplies for Genl. Curtis Army. As they necessarily pass through a hostile country great caution will have to be exersized to prevent these supplies from falling into the hands of the enemy. Or from being destroyed.
I have selected you as commander of the expedition and reinforce you with two additional regiments, as you will procure from Special Orders Accompanying this.
It would be impossible to give full Special instructions for the management of this Expedition. Much must necessarily be left to the discretion of the Officer in command. I would suggest however that two pices of Artillery be placed on the bow of the boat intended to lead. That all of them be kept well togather. When you tie up for the night, strong Guards be thrown out upon the shore, and that troops be landed and required to march and clear out all points suspected of concealing Foe.
It is desirable those supplies should reach Genl. Curtis, as early as possible. As soon as the Boats can possibly be discharged Return them bringing Your entire command to St. Charles—or to where you now are.
It is not intended that you shall reach, Genl. Curtis, against all obsticles, but it is highly desirable that he should be Reached.
I am Col. Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Serv't.
U. S. GRANT.
Major Genl. Com'dg.
Copy, Curtis Papers, IaHA. O. R., I, xiii, 118. On June 27, 1862, Col. Graham N. Fitch, Montgomery's Point, Ark., wrote to USG. "You are probably aware by this time that owing to the rapid fall of White River, the iron-clad Gun Boats,