them to the Nonconnah or into the swamp. Dodges Cavalry are in Alabama
hanging around VanDorn & delaying him by burning Bridges in his front. They
have taken several prisoners right out of his column which by the miserable roads
is very long. I shall gradually move out the Cavalry now here as soon as the roads
permit and concentrate force enough to whip Van Dorn as he comes back if he
does come back. At present the roads are horrible—I desire by the expedition of
Lee to ascertain the practicability of reaching the opening through the Yazoo
Pass so as to be ready to clear your ground should you determine to land there
The City of Memphis has more iniquity in it than any place since Sodom, but
certain examples are being made which may do good. As soon as McPherson's
Corps leaves I shall be able to keep better order" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War
Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 58.
On Feb. 2, Rawlins wrote to Capt. Asher R. Eddy. "You will seize and
sell for the benefit of Government all cotton found on board Steamers from this
place or vicinity, unless the claimant has a special permit from these Head quarters.
No other permits will be recognized by you." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30;
DNA, RG 92, Letters Received by Capt. A. R. Eddy; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the
Tenn., Letters Sent. See letters to Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton, Feb. 6, 1863,
and to Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, Feb. 9, 1863.
To Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 13th/63
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT
COMD. G 16TH ARMY CORPS,
In view of the impending struggle in opening the Miss. river
it behooves me to collect for that purpose all the forces possible.
I expected to get some of Gen. Curtis' forces now in Northern
Ark. or Southern Mo. But I do not see that they are coming. I
am also informed that no enemy in any force now threatens any
part of the road East from Memphis. With this fact I think one
Division more might be brought forward which can be done by
transfering it to Sherman's Army Corps and transfering the Dist.
of Memphis to yours.
If later information than any I possess does not make it
absolutely necessary to retain all the troops you have now you
may relieve one of the Divisions between Memphis and Grand