tents &c on Steamer—time is necessarily consumed and he may not be able to
report before morning. He has Transports enough with his command & it was
unnecessary to order any more up. Sidney. E. Lyon Engineer with Genl Morgan
has been ordered to report forthwith. Genl McClernand countermanded his order
for the return of the Transports North, directing them to remain until further
orders He has sent a heavy detail to wood the fleet, some eighteen miles up the
River where he has had a large quantity of wood cut so as to have them in readiness
for any movement required." DfS, ibid. ; copy, DNA, RG 393, 13th Army Corps,
Letters Sent. Also on Jan. 30, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. John McArthur. "Boats
have been ordered to report to you at an early hour to-morrow morning to take
on board a Brigade of your Division directed this morning by General McCler-
nand. Lieut Col Duff goes in charge of the Engineering part of the Expedition,
and if you have an officer acquanted with that branch of service, I wish you would
let him accompany Col. Duff." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393,
Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
To Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton
Young's Point, La. Jany 30th 1863.
BRIG GENL' C. S. HAMILTON
COMD'G DISC'T WEST TENN.
If the present good weather holds for a few days, or if it does
not, than as soon as possible an expedition should be got up,
mostly of Cavalry, to penetrate, if possible as far South as the
Tallahatchie Bridge I would like to have that bridge destroyed,
and as much destruction to the road as possible from that point
to Holly Springs. North of Holly Springs, I do not care to have
the road injured.
In addition to the Cavalry ordered up from Helena, I am sending up one Regiment from here, and want the 2nd Illinois Cavalry to replace them. Send this latter Regiment down without
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.