his House near Bradley's Bend & to sweep all the male inhabitants they can find down to Memphis for the purpose of identification as members of the Band. If they are identified I shall probably not trouble your Head Quarters with any report. As soon as our roads are passable for teams the several changes necessary to reduce the number of Guards &c on the Road will be made I regret to say that the Rail Road from Columbus down is not yet repaired—The delay seems inexcusable. It is promised to be finished by this week. I am informed by the officer commanding the 'Cricket' that he expects to leave soon. I consider it of vital importance that there should be one Gunboat on duty at Memphis all the time & request that Major Genl Grant may press this matter on the attention of the Admiral. Hospital accommodation is being prepared but our force of Carpenters is so light that the work moves slowly. Richardsons Guerillas near Covington & Blythe's below are still in motion but do not do us any harm—I have heard indirectly that Genl. Grant ordered Hamilton to investigate the misconduct of the 7th Kansas at Summerville. Genl H. says he has received no such order. —If such has been issued I request duplicates" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 67-68. On March 9, Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter wrote to USG. "In answer to General Hurlburt's request for a gun boat at Memphis, I beg leave to inform you that the Cricket, commanded by a very active officer, is at that place and will remain there." LS, DNA, RG 45, Correspondence of David D. Porter, Mississippi Squadron, General Letters (Press). O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 95; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 51.
Before Vicksburg Febry 27th 1863.
MAJ GENL S. A HURLBUT
COMMD. G 16TH ARMY. CORPS.
I was a good deal disappointed that Genl Hamilton should have countermanded the order of the expedition which you had fitted out for the purpose of cutting the road east from Vicksburg particularly on such flimsey grounds. We do not expect the Miss Central and Mobile and Ohio road to be left entirely unprotected and the number of troops shown to be there by Genl Dodge. dispatch is as few as could be expected at any time.
The way you had the expedition fitted out I think it must have succeeded. I wish you would try it again unless your information is such that you would deem it an act of folly to send them
U. S. GRANT.