count on as a fast friend ... Anything I can do for you or any testamonials that I can give in your behalf will be most freely given and in a way too to assure any reader that they are not merely idle and given because asked but that they are felt and earnest.
The Collector, March, 1947, A360; ibid., June, 1951, W971. The nomination of Stephen A. Hurlbut to serve as maj. gen. from Sept. 17, 1862, had been returned with others by the U. S. Senate to President Abraham Lincoln since appointments were dated during a recess of Congress. Hurlbut's nomination, resubmitted by Lincoln, was confirmed on March 13, 1863.
Before Vicksburg March 13th 1863
MAJ GEN J. B. MCPHERSON
COMM'DG 17TH ARMY CORPS
Lagow has just returned and called my attention to several points that you want instructions on. As regards Quinby: going into the pass with his present transports, he is the best judge of the practibility. Let him use a proper discretion. I have sent North for small class Steamers, which should be expected to commence arriving soon. In regard to the contrabands the question is a troublesome one. I am not permitted to send them out of the Department, and such numbers as we have it is hard to keep them in. You have received my order with regard to the Pioneer Corps: This will enable you to use three hundred men to each Division 1 The balance will be left at Lake Providence as being as it is a Military Post. When it is broken up they will have to be sent to Memphis, or some other prominent Post. Memphis will be the place in the absence of other instructions
Exercise your own judgement about when the the levee should be cut at Lake Providence.
The object of having cotton brought in is to make some of our transports into rams. I will send up for what you have col