Memphis Tenn Jan 22 1863.
BRIG GENL C. S. HAMILTON
COMMD. G DISTRICT OF WEST TENN
Have moved from the east bank of the river from this place to Columbus all large guns still remaining and also the guns from Island No 10 and from the floating battery below there these guns or such of them that can be used may be brought to Memphis the remainder sent to Cairo
It will be necessary to keep up a small garrison at New Madrid Island No 10 Hickman and possibly at Fort Pillow This latter however should be inspected before establishing a garrison 1
as soon as practicable relieve the 15th Regular Infantry from Columbus and bring them to this place preparatory to being sent down the river The same with the 1st Infantry at Corinth There are three companies of Cavalry belonging to Cornyns Missouri Regt 2 at Columbus and three companies here I wish them to be collected at Memphis as soon as possible The other six companies of this Regiment are at Helena and will be ordered here immediately
As soon as it can be possibly done send a Regt of Cavalry to Corinth One of the new Regtmints to arrive can be put in charge of the heavy guns in the fort and drilled by some Artillery Officer of experience same at Corinth all the rolling stock of the Rail Road should be got away from Columbus as soon as possible
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, 6.