only reached me four days ago—There is no particular movement of the enemy in force in this vicinity but the 'Guerrillas' are very bold and troublesome. Genl. Quinby sent an expedition after 'Blythe' which returned yesterday—The expedition penetrated to the Rebel Camp, captured Twelve Prisoners, Muster Rolls of some of the companies several horses, pistols, guns &c. The main force of the Enemy got wind of our coming and left during the night. Mrs. Grant & Jesse are quite well. I have many things to tell you when we meet and I hope to have that pleasure soon—" ALS, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 59-60.
Lake Providence La Feby 12, 1863
BRIG GENL B M PRENTISS
COMM'DG DIST EASTERN ARK.
McPherson has been delayed in getting the balance of his Army Corps here for want of transportation a fact which I did not learn until since leaving Vicksburg Had I known it there I would have sent Steamers from there to supply the deficiency
As it is he must be supplied from here and Helena I am ordering up all the boats from here and desire that all now lying at Helena not absolutly required for immediate use at the Post should also be sent
I wish General you would give this matter immediate attention and get the Boats off as promptly as possible
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
On Feb. 8, 1863, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 39 assigning Brig. Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss to command the District of Eastern Ark., with Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman and Brig. Gen. Leonard F. Ross in command of the two divs. of inf., and Brig. Gen. Cadwallader C. Washburn in command of the cav. div. Capt. John O. Pullen, 20th Ill., was appointed provost marshal. Copies, DLC-USG, V, 26, 27; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 39-40. For the reasons for the change in command, see letter to Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter, Feb. 15, 1863. On Feb. 13, Gorman wrote to Lt. Col. Walter B. Scates, adjt. for Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, requesting a reorganization of his command. ALS, McClernand