behind to take care of their houses. —Having received no confirmation of a report two days old that Genl. Banks had taken Port Hudson, I am not authorized to accept it as true. Since the disembarkation of the troops on the Yazoo bottom, near Haynes Bluff, sickness has prevailed among them to an alarming extent. If the new troops here could be replaced by older ones, it would be better in all respects. The weather continues rainy. It has rained more or less every day for several days in succession. The rain has been occasionally accompanied by winds, chiefly from the South." LS, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn.; copies, McClernand Papers, IHi. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 12-13.
Memphis Tenn Jan 22 1863
BRIG GENL W. A. GORMAN
COMMD. G DISTRICT OF HELENA
The following despatch is just received.
Washington D. C. Jan 21 1863
MAJ GENL GRANT.
By direction of the President Maj Genl Grant will assume command of all troops in Arkansas which may be in reach of his orders. the portion of Arkansas occupied by such troops will be temporarily attached to the Department of the Tennessee
Signed H W HALLECK
Genl in chief 1
In conformity with the above I have attached your command to the 13th Army Corps Maj Genl McClernand commanding. I will have you furnished soon with all such past Orders as are necessary for your guidance
I wish you to return to Helena with your command as soon as possible and discharge all the steamers that can be possibly