Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten
Pittsburg, April 18th 1862
CAPT. N. H. MCLEAN
A. A. GEN. DEPT. OF THE MISS.
A detail has been standing in the rain at my Hd Qrs. since an early hour this morning awaiting the arrival of Capt. Sheridan 1 or some one to take charge of them.
In view of the heavy rain however I question whether much work can be done to-day and will therefore dismiss them to be assembled when called upon.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Letters Received. On April 18, 1862, Capt. Nathaniel H. McLean wrote to USG. "Capt Sheridan will take charge of the Repair of the Roads from the Main Landing to Your Head Qrs and, Col McKibben from the lower or forage landing to the Same point and, Col Cutts from that point to Shiloh Cross Roads Col Thom will make examination for Roads in advance of Shiloh to your New Camping Grounds These officers will report to you early to Morrow Morning for Working parties which will be detailed from the different divisions along the Roads it is of the utmost importance that these Roads should be put in order without further delay. You will therefore see that working parties provided with Tools be ready to Commence operations to Morrow Morning each Regmt Brigade & Division as it takes position in New Camps Will open proper Communication with the Main roads with proper care Your army can be Supplied far in advance of present position without additional Transportation" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I, lii, part 1, 240.