readiness to embark at any time—and as soon as Gen. Quinby's fleet begins to arrive, I shall embark Hovey's men, that they may move down the river the moment Ross arrives. —" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. On the same day, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, Milliken's Bend, wrote to USG. "My guards report this morning, that a number of boats, passed down last night supposed to have, Genl Hovey's Division from Helena, Arkansas, on board. I desire to know whether I shall order them back or whether you will do so. I have to report, that I have found other small boats in this vicinity, and will send them to Richmond to day. Another Regiment of infantry: with a section of Artillery has gone forward to Richmond." Copies, ibid., 13th Army Corps, Letters Sent; McClernand Papers, IHi.
Before Vicksburg March 28th 1863.
MESSER. H J. LORING & CO.
STATIONERS &C. ST LOUIS MO.
Please manufacture and forward by Express, to this point with as little delay as possible, one Book of "Letters Received" for the use of "Department of the Tennessee" to be of the same size and style as the one put up by you for this Department in October last. Mark "B" the pages to be lettered in the proportion that the figures opposite the several letters of the alphabet, on the enclosed slip bear to each other in order to avoid as much as possible the transfer of entries under one alphabetical letter, to the pages of another se[e] last paragraph on page Eleven of circular from Adjutants Generals Office War Department send bill for book direct to these Head Quarters, and the amount of same will be promptly remitted to you
U. S. GRANT,
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
On April 18, 1863, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins wrote to H. J. Loring & Co. "Please manufacture and send by express to this place with as little delay as possible one 'Letter Book' and One 'Book of Special Orders' with two indexes for each for use of 'Department of the Tennessee.' The books will be marked "B" and be of same size and style as those put by you for this Department in October last. The indexes to be six times as large as the one recently received and the