Head Quarters, Dept. of the Tenn.
Memphis Ten. Jan. 22d 1863.
MAJ. GEN. J. A. MCCLERNAND
COMD. G 13TH ARMY CORPS.
In view of future operations I would suggest that stringent orders be made looking to the saving of allsacks emptied by the Army and placing them in the charge of an Engineer officer.
When it comes to erecting batteries these sacks will come in play most conveniently.
I am doing all I can to get forward a proper supply of Ammunition and Mining tools. I presume several thousand spades and picks will reach you in a few days.
By orders which will accompany this you will see that the troops under Gen. Gorman have been added to your Army Corps. 1 I do not think it desirable that they should be moved from their present position, or from Helena, until near the time when their services may be required.
I have here two more Divisions ready to move when they get transportation. But as I am expecting siege guns to forward, and there are many other supplies not yet arrived, there is no great hurry about starting them. I hope the work of changing the channel of the Mississippi is begun, or preparations at least being made to begin.
On the present rise it is barely possible that the Yazoo pass 2 might be turned to good account in aiding our enterprize, par