During the engagement, a shell penetrated and exploded the steam drum of the Mound City. Of 175 men on board, 110 were killed and 37 wounded. O. R. (Navy),
I, xxiii, 180-81.
James R. Slack was born in Pa. in 1818. As a lawyer at Huntington, Ind.,
he served nine years as county auditor and seven terms in the state senate. On
Dec. 13, 1861, he was appointed col., 47th Ind., and on June 13, 1862, assumed
command of Memphis.
On June 24, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "What
forces has Col Slack at Memphis ? Is there transportation to send troops to rein-
force Col Fitch?" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 108, Telegrams Sent; tele-
gram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. Slack
drafted a reply with the figures USG sent at the foot of Halleck's telegram.
DfS, ibid.; copies, ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 7.
On June 25, USG telegraphed to Halleck. "The effective strength of
Wallace's command present here—3,800. I have ordered two of the Regts. left
at Bolivar & one left at Jackson to come here. This will leave at Bolivar one Regt
of Infy., 2 co.s of Cav. & one of artilly." Telegram received, DNA, RG 94,
Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid.,
USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in the Field,
Telegrams Received; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88. Misdated June 28 in O. R.,
I, xvii, part 2, 43. See telegram to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, June 29, 1862.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Memphis Tenn. June 24th 1862
MAJ GENL H. W. HALLECK
COMDG DEPT OF THE MISS
I arrived here yesterday afternoon after a warm ride of three
days, coming through from "Le Grange"
1 with an escort of
twelve men. The entire road is
a very fine
one and in good order.
Affairs in this city seem to be in rather bad order, secessionists governing much in their own way.
2 I have appointed Col
Webster commander of the Post. Lt Col Anthony, of the 23rd
Ind Vols. Provost Marshall. for the City, and Col Hillyer Provost
3 In a few days I expect to have everything in