destroys the Rail Road near Bethel the wing officers of the Division will be directed [to protect] his flank from any movement from the direction of Monterey the Movement should be made as soon as possible I have a telegram from the Sect of War Confirming the Capture of New Orleans By Com Farragut" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 134. On the same day, Capt. William S. Hillyer wrote to Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman. "You will move your entire command tomorrow morning, with 3 days rations and forage, to the point on the Corinth road where the skirmish occurred on the 15th inst. From that point Pickets will be thrown out upon every approach to prevent surprise. Heavy details will be made to repair the roads and bridge the streams. Not to exceed two tents to each Company will be taken along, nor more than one to the Field and Staff of each Regiment. Brigade and Division Commanders will be limited in proportion. You will see that 100 rounds of Cartridges per man are provided to all the Regiments and require your Acting Ordnance Officer to supply an equal amount more to follow, in wagons. You will be preceded by Gen. McClernand's Division which will occupy the position where Gen. A. J. Smith had a skirmish with the enemyon the 24th, and you will be supported by the other Divisions of the Army of the Tenn. following with like instructions. Your Cavalry will join your command as soon as they return from the expedition toward Purdy." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 137. On the same day, Hillyer sent instructions similarly worded to Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut and to Brig. Gen. Thomas J. McKean. Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O.R., I, x, part 2, 135, 136.
Head Quarters, Army of the Tenn.
Pittsburgh, April 28th 1862.
MAJOR. GEN. L. WALLACE
COMMDG 3RD DIVISION.
Your note from Stantonville is just received 10 O'clock P. M. The object of the expidition being to cutthe Rail Road, and you being with the command to do it can tell better whether any change from the plan laid down should be made. If so you will be at liberty to do so.