must continue to increase; particularly, if the Surgeons remain away for some time, as is often true. Can any steps be taken by you, in the premises, promising speedy and favorable results ?" LS, ibid. On the same day, Rawlins wrote to McClernand. "In reply to your Communication of this date in relation to Paymasters and Surgeons, Maj. Gen. Grant directs me to say, that the Paymasters of this Department have received funds and have Commenced paying troops up to and including October 31st. He has made application to Major Judd, Senior Paymaster to send forward immediately a sufficient number of Paymasters, with the necessary funds to pay the troops at this place, and is expecting their arrival daily. An order was some days since sent to Maj. Gen Hurlbut for a sufficient number of Surgeons to supply the deficiency you refer to." LS, McClernand Papers, IHi.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb.y 21st 1863.
MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN
COMD. G 15TH ARMY CORPS,
The enemy having captured one of our rams, with all her armament, and having several other armed vessels below here makes it necessary for our security to have a battery of Parrot guns below Vicksburg.
If practicable I would like to have this battery placed below Warrenten. In this case the battery should be supported by a Brigade of Infantry. 1 There would necessarily be some difficulty in supplying troops there, but as the country will afford forage and a plank road will be made across the point, on the canal embankment, I think it can be done.
U. S. GRANT
P. S. Capt. Prime is directed to located and build the battery required, and roads leading to it.
U. S. G.
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 61-62. On Feb. 21, 1863, Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter wrote to USG. "I enclose a copy of a [—]