tions I have ordered the Captain of the Steam Boat 'Niagara' to tow it down to Youngs Point—Genl. Quinby's Division has arrived and is now disembarking at 'Grand Lake,' Col: Bissell is at work cutting the Levee near the Arkansas Line & I will know in two or three days whether we can get boats through to Bayou Macon at that Point—The River is rising here slowly—The work of opening Bayou Baxter progresses more slowly than I wish, on account of the great difficulty of getting at it, the low ground being all overflowed—The little Propeller 'Rawlins' is in the Lake and works well. I can send down Several Hundred Bales of cotton in a few days, and have just sent up to Quinby to send me a good Boat for the purpose, as I have none here. I have just received a Verbal Order from Comr Graham, coming from a man I don't know directing me to send down all the Steam Boats which brought down Genl. Quinby's Division. I do not like to act upon it, for the reason that there may be some mistake, and your written orders to me were to keep these Boats. Then again if it should be necessary to send troops to Genl. Quinby's assistance or move his Division, I would have no means of doing it. I am glad to hear the 'Indianola' went down 'game.' The old Flag is not dishonored under such circumstances—I can let the water in here at any time, but think I will wait and see the result above. I shall do everything in my power to hasten things forward, and Col: Leggett is pushing matters in the 'Bayou' as rapidly as he can. The troops are well and in fine spirits ... P. S. This is written on the Boat and in great haste" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 85-86.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 6th 1863.
ASST. SURG. GEN. R. C. WOOD
ST. LOUIS MO.
Your letter showing the efforts you have been making to supply everything necessary pertaining to the Medical Department, in this Army, is received. I can assure you nothing has been left undo[ne] here to secure the health of the men. No Army ever went into the field better provided with medical stores and medical attendents than is furnished the Army now in front of Vicksburg.
There was a deficiency in Volunteer surgeons but now that deficiency is fully supplied. 1 The hospital boats are supplied with