of Hillyer. You had better send to the Post Office to enquire if there are not letters there for you.
The weather continues dismal here and roads almost impassable. Water on a portion of the point of land occupyed by our troops would be six feet deep if the Levees were cut. It is most disagreeable and trying to our men, this weather, but so far as I see they are not wanting in cheerfulness.
I shall be going up the river in a few days again, as far as Lake Providence, and possibly to Delta, but I will not be able to go to Memphis, that is, I cannot. My whole time, if not occupied, at least my whole presence with my duties are required.
Since I come down here I have felt the necessity of staff officers. All were away at one point and another on duty and still others have been required, that is of a class that can do something. Such as Capt. Prime, Lieut. Wilson and others. Bowers we feel the loss of but Rawlins feels that more than I do.
I am writing before breakfast because the mail goes out at 12 to-day and I have so much to write to Washington that I could not take a moment after seting down to work.
Kisses for yourself and Jess.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 10th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. MCCLERNAND
COMD. G 13TH ARMY CORPS,
The course pursued by Col. Bennett towards Asst. Surgeon Witt and the men of his regiment taken off by him is right except