and Gen. Morgan L. Smith Division, and Gen McClernands of the Divisions of
Genls. A. I. Smith and Morgan and that Genl. McClernand and him descend the
river." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn.,
Letters Sent; ibid., Hd. Qrs. District of Columbus, Telegrams Received. O. R., I,
xvii, part 2, 425. On Dec. 21, Col. John C. Kelton telegraphed to Maj. Gen.
John A. McClernand a copy of Halleck's telegram to USG. Telegram received,
McClernand Papers, IHi. On Dec. 18, Col. Edward D. Townsend issued AGO
General Orders No. 210. "By the direction of the President, the troops in the
Department of the Tennessee, and those of the Dept. of the Missouri, operating
on the Mississippi River, will be divided into four Army Corps, to be numbered
the 13th, 15th, 16th, and 17th. Major General J. A. McClernand is assigned to
the command of the 13th Army Corps; Major General W. T. Sherman to the
command of the 15th Army Corps; Major General S. A. Hurlbut to the 16th
Army Corps; and Major General J. B. McPherson to the command of the 17th
Army Corps" Copy, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2,
On Dec. 22, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued General Orders No. 14
dividing the troops of the Dept. of the Tenn. into the 13th Army Corps, com-
manded by McClernand; the 15th Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen.
William T. Sherman; the 16th Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. Stephen
A. Hurlbut; and the 17th Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. James B.
McPherson. Copies, DLC-USG, V, 13, 14, 95; (printed) DNA, RG 94, Dept.
of the Tenn., General Orders;
RG 393, General and Special Orders;
(printed) Oglesby Papers, IHi. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 461.
George W. Morgan, born in Pa. in 1820, left Washington College to
fight in Tex., then entered USMA in 1841, but left in his second year. He aban-
doned a law practice at Mount Vernon, Ohio, to serve as col., 2nd Ohio, and col.,
15th Inf., in the Mexican War. Appointed brig. gen. as of Nov. 12, 1861, he
drove the C. S. A. from Cumberland Gap before his transfer to Memphis.
See letters to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Dec. 8, 14, 15, 1862.
To Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson
Oxford, Miss. Dec. 18th 1862
MAJ: GEN. MCPHERSON.
COMD'G. RIGHT WING &C,
All the provisions yet arrived have been left here, the chief
Commissary reporting that the facilities at Yocna Station were
not sufficient for unloading there except to be immediately issued
If you are about out of rations send your trains back here to
draw five days, and move forward after they reach you.
Forrest and Napier have crossed the Tennessee river and are