near Vicksburgh and the re-inspiration of the forces repulsed, by making them the champions of new, important and successful enterprizes. 6th The intense desire of all worthy officers and men to be usefully employed. I will despatch officers on transports from this place, for additional supplies of Quarter Masters, Commissary's, and Ordnance Stores. The same transports will bear all who were wounded near Vicksburg, in our hands, to the Hospitals above. I expect, after completing any operations undertaken in Arkansas, unless otherwise directed, to return with my command to a point on the Miss. river near Vicksburg, and direct my attention to the following objects:—The seizure of Monroe, on the Vicksburgh and Shreveport R. Road, and if possible New Carthage on the Miss. below Vicksburgh, and some point on the Red River. Also to the practicability of isolating Vicksburgh—by opening another channel for the Mississippi. Having been en route on their transports since starting from Milliken's Bend, and my taking command, I have been unable to obtain and, consequently am unable to furnish reports of the strength and condition of my forces. I will do this at the earliest practicable moment." LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 546-47.
On Jan. 10, McClernand wrote to USG. "I am landed within three miles of the Post of Arkansas, and am marching Sherman's Corps by a detour upon the enemy's works. Genl. Morgan's Corps will follow with the Artillery as rapidly as possible. A brigade with a section of Artillery is landed on the right bank and is marching across a neck to take a position on the river above the fort commanding the river. The enemy's force is variously estimated at from 7000 to 12.000 men. Genl. Gorman sends word that he is moving with 12 000 men from Helena towards Duvall's Bluff on the white river and Brownsville. More anon!" ADfS, McClernand Papers, IHi; copies, ibid. ; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received; ibid., 13th Army Corps, Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 552. See letter to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, Jan. 13, 1863.
Head Quarters, Department of the Tennessee.
Memphis, Tenn. Jany 12th 1863.
COL. J. C. KELTON,
ASST. ADJT. GENL.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
I have the honor to transmit herewith the report of Major Genl. W. T. Sherman of the operations of the forces under his