Sept. 3. On Feb. 24, 1863, Lt. Col. Walter B. Scates, adjt. for Maj. Gen. John A.
McClernand, wrote to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Colonel G. F. McGinnis 11th
Ind Vol Infty requests to be releived from the command of the 2nd Brigade 12th
Division 13th Army Corps, under Special orders No 39 paragraph 15 Dept of the
Tennessee. His reasons stated are—that he has not been confirmed as a Brig.
Genl, and that he had rather be returned to his Regiment, than command a Brigade
which does not include his old Regiment The Major General Commanding is
constrained to ask that Col McGinnis's request be granted" Copy, DNA,
RG 393, 13th Army Corps, Letters Sent. The nomination of McGinnis as brig.
gen. as of Nov. 29, 1862, though returned to the President on Feb. 12, 1863, was
resubmitted and confirmed on March 9.
Special Orders No. 63, Dept. of the Tenn., March 4. DS, McClernand
Papers, IHi; copies, DLC-USG, V, 26, 27; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn.,
To Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 4th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT,
COMD. G 16TH ARMY CORPS.
Seeing your last returns I am satisfied that another Division
can be spared from your command. In the Dist of Columbus and
the Dist. of Jackson there are more troops than are necessary,
particularly after giving up the eighty-seven miles of road North
of Jackson. I would direct therefore that such troops as you deem
advisable be brought to the front to relieve Lauman's Division
from rail-road duty and bring that Division to Memphis, or
vicinity, and hold it in readiness to be moved here.
Make these changes with all promptness. I want to loose no
time from this forward. I will send transportation for Laumans
Division in a few days. The same directions
givin for the
troops now enroute, as to what shall be brought along, will be
applicable to them.