Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten.
Savanna, April 3d 1862
CAPT. N. H. McLEAN
A. A. GEN. DEPT. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
ST. LOUIS, Mo.
Enclosed herewith I send you report of Col. Webster, Chief of Staff, who accompanied the gunboats up the river with the view of determining the practicability of destroying the railroad East of Corinth, without special danger of bringing on an engagement. 1
There will be no great difficulty in going any place with the army now concentrated here but a battle will necessarily ensue at any point on the rail-roads touched.
A dispatch from the telegraph opperator is just in. He states that Gen. Nelson has arrived in sight. The advance will arrive probably on Saturday. 2
The dispatch received does not state the number of miles out the telegraph wire is laid.
Nothing is learned from Corinth very reliable. Deserters occationally come in but all that can be learned from them that is reliable is that the force there is large and increasing. 3 They do not discribe the feeling of the men as atall hopeful, on the contrary say that many would desert if they could.
I have been engaged for the last two days reviewing the troops of this command. I find the men in excellent condition and as a general thing well clothed. Some however are still in the grey uniform and owing to the bad quality of clothing on hand are reluctint to draw other to replace that on hand.