Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 2d 1863.
BRIG. GEN. B. M. PRENTISS,
COMD. G DIST. OF E. ARK.
Hold Gorman's Division in readiness to move under the command of Gen. Hovey the moment Ross returns from his Yazoo expedition. I want you to hold the countryfrom the Mississippi river to Coldwater, by way of the Pass, as long as we are likely to use it. For this purpose you can use such of your troops as you may deem proper.
Transfer one of the best old regiments from Ross to Hovey and send Col. McGinnis back to his regiment, or the Brigade in which it is. 1
With a few days such weather as we are now having I hope to be ready for prompt action and want Hovey with his old Division with me. Gen. Gorman will receive orders assigning him to the command of the post, and Hovey to the command of the 12th Division (his present Div. ) 13th Army Corps. 2
These troops when they move will bring with them their camp & Garrison equipage, ammunition to the amount of two hundred rounds per man and ten days rations. Four teams and two ambulances will be all the transportation required.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 80.