hope my forces will be able to drive them to the river—I have been concentrating troops all day to meet them
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 45, Correspondence of David D. Porter, Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 426; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiii, 629. On Dec. 18, 1862, Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter was at Memphis; Capt. Alexander M. Pennock, Cairo, telegraphed to USG. "Five light draught gun boats left Ohio river for Tenn. River on 15th Inst they draw about three feet & have orders to go up with the rise They are onlymusket proof" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 426; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiii, 629.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Oxford Miss. Dec. 18th 1862
MAJ. GEN. J. A. MCCLERNAND.
I have been directed this moment by telegraph from the Gen. in Chief of the Army to divide the forces of this Department into four Army Corps, one of which to be commanded by yourself, and that to form a part of the expedition on Vicksburg. 1
I have drafted the order and will forward it to you as soon as printed. 2 The Divisions now commanded by Brig. Gen. Geo. W. Morgan 3 and Brig. Gen. A. J. Smith will compose all of it that will accompany you on this expedition, and the Divisions of Brig. Gen. F. Steele and Brig. Gen. M. L. Smith will accompany you