Memphis Jany 13. 1863
MAJ GEN MCPHERSON
It is my present intention to command the expedition down the river in person. I will take two divisions with me, Logans & McArthurs I think. 1 It will not be necessary for Logan to move however until further orders. I do not know where McClernand is but have sent orders to him to proceed to Milikens Bend and remain there or cooperate with Banks should he be coming up the river was Holly Springs destroyed, report here says so.? 2
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 98; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 557.
On Jan. 13, 1863, USG again telegraphed to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson. "Have you any Spare horses or mules with your army corps Gen Dodge being deficient in Cavalry wishes to mount a regiment of Infantry and where he is, is a poor place for picking up stock" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 98; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "We have some spare mules & I will have a thorough overhauling of all the stock here & think I may be able to send Genl Dodge a couple of hundred through a majority of them are rather inefficient animals" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. Earlier on Jan. 13, Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, Corinth, telegraphed to USG. "I have only four hundred 400 effective Cavaly one third of which are mississippians & albamians & at no time can I muster for a march of two hundred while the Enemy have massed their cavaly & move only in bodies of five hundred to a thousand my Cavaly have fought them nearly every day for two weeks &bravely too but have been outnumbered & driven every time I have to keep infantry out all the time but they never get near enough to fight if it is possible I wish you would send me a Regiment of Cavaly or order a Regiment of infantry to be mounted I have lost since forrest crossed the river forty killed wounded & missing have done about the same damage. and taken some seventy two prisoners including four officers" Telegram received, ibid. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Dodge. "I have no Cavalry that can be spared to send to you If you can mount a regiment of Infantry you may do so and I think for that purpose the Qr Mr at LaGrange may be able to furnish you at least a portion of the horses" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 98; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.