Hd Qrs Dept of the Tenn
Memphis Tenn Jany 12, 1863
BRIG GENL GORMAN
COMDG HELENA ARK.
The following dispatch is just received
St Louis. Jany 11th 1863
MAJ GENL GRANT.
Please use the following dispatch at your discretion.
BRIG GEN W A GORMAN
Continue to regard the Vicksburg move of primary importance let all other moves delay if deemed necessary. Send Boats & men for that object but do not weaken Helena so as to endanger the position
SAMUEL R CURTIS
Maj Genl 1
You will therefore in accordance with the Spirit of the above dispatch please send forward to report to the Comd'g Officer of the Expedition against Vicksburg every available man that can be spared from your command keeping in view the safety Helena. Gen Banks Expedition has been ordered from Washington to co-operate in the reduction of Vicksburg and I have sent orders to the expedition from here to repair to a point on the Miss River where communications can most likely be had with Gen Banks on his arrival
I am Gen Very Respectfully
Yr obt Serv't
U. S. GRANT Maj Genl
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 98; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 555.
On Jan. 13, 1863, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman. "You will please send me as soon as practicable all the River transportation you can possibly spare for the transporting of troops now in readiness at this place to Embark to