Near Vicksburg Jan. 31st 1863
I shall not return to Memphis until the close of this campaign. You had better make your visit to the children at once. As soon as I am stationary I will write to you to join me again.
Vicksburg will be a hard job. I expect to get through it successfully however.
I just learned that a boat was going out this evening as I was about starting to take a ride through the camps and write in great haste. This is a terrible place at this stage of water. The river is higher than the land and it takes all the efforts of the troops to keep the water out.
I am still living on boardthe steamer Magnolia but will go into camp as soon as a definite plan is fixed upon.
Kiss all the children for me and accept the same for yourself.
Head Quarters, Dep't of the Tennessee.
Young's Point, La. Feb. 1. 1863.
GENERAL ORDERS, NO. 12.
The proceedings of the Court of Inquiry convened at Holly Springs, Miss., by Special Orders No. 2., of date January 2nd 1863, from these Head Quarters, and of which Lieut. Col. Dewitt C. Loudon, of the 70th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was President, to inquire into and investigate the allegations and charges of disloyalty against the 109th Illinois Infantry Volunteers, exonerates said regiment, as a regiment, from all suspicions of dis