On Jan. 7, 1863, Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, St. Louis, wrote to USG. "I have twice requested that Brig Genl T. J. McKean might be transfered to my command: but he has been so employed elsewhere it has not been found conven- ient. He is now here and I wish you would allow the transfer and so recommend orders from Washington" ALS, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Thomas J. McKean. On the same day, McKean, Cairo, wrote to USG. "You will receive a letter from Genl. Curtis relative to my transfer into his Department— if you can assist the object I shall be glad (not that I dislike to remain in your Department) it will give me facilities for getting into the Pay Dept. which I still hope to accomplish as soon as the General aspect of Affairs improves a little in some other quarters—" ALS, ibid. Soon transferred to the Dept. of the Mo., McKean never again served directly under USG.
Oxford, Dec 14th 1862
MAJ GEN. SHERMAN.
I have not had one word from Grierson since he left. Am getting uneasy about him. I hope Gen. Gorman 1 will give you no difficulty about returning the troops that were on this side of the river and Steele to command them. The 21.000 men you have with 12.000 from Helena will make a good force. The enemy are as yet on the Yalabusha. I am pushing down towards them slowly, but so as to keep up the impression of a continuous move. I feel particularly anxious to have the Helena Cavalry on this side of the river if not now at least after you start. If Gorman will send them instruct them where to go and how to communicate with