Feb. 8th 1863.
COMD. G MISS. SQUADRON,
The Major and Adjutant of the regiment sent to serve on the gunboats will be relieved from that duty and can make Hd Qrs. of their regiment at Memphis or Cairo where they will stay.
I find that some of the officers of that regiment are laboring under the mistaken idea that they were selected for that particular duty as a punishment. I would be pleased to have their minds set at rest on this point. They were selected solely because of the necessity existing that you should have more men, and of the reduced numbers of their regiment.
One of the regiments selected for the same service has been with me for nearly eighteen months, and has always proven itself one of the very best I had and of course no indignity would be offered them. Any troops I have can well afford to sail in the same boat with this regiment.
I will endeavor to accomodate the number of officers and men to your wants.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, MdAN. On Feb. 8, 1863, Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter twice wrote to USG. "There were 250 men sent over yesterday: we will only want 350 more altogether. Can you so arrange it that we can only have that number, with but 3 officers? We have now 5 officers more with these men than we want, or can accomodate which is the trouble. The Major and Adjutant, brought their horses, which I am afraid they will have to part with if they stay with us. Hoping you will be able to make arrangements that will suit the occasion," "Company C. mutinied this morning and refused duty: I put them all in irons, and sent them to you, as I could not order a legal court on them. The example was salutary, the rest acquiesced immediately. I would recommend that the non-comissioned officers be broken, and that the others be set to digging ditches. I am sorry to have com