Head Quarters, Dept. of the Tennessee
Youngs Point La. March 7th, 1863.
BRIG. GENL. L. THOMAS
ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE ARMY,
WASHINGTON. D. C.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of February 17th, 1863, and to say in reply, that the Tri-Monthly Returns for January 10th, 20th and 31st. and for February 10th. have been forwarded to your office.
The returns received have been so incomplete that it has been impossible to make the returns on the blanks required, by the printed notes.
I have been unable to obtain correct Monthly Returns for the month of January, but hope to be able to forward this report in a short time.
I am, General Very Respectfully,
Your obt. Servt.
U. S. GRANT
Major General, Comdg.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence.
On Feb. 23, 1863, Col. John C. Kelton wrote to USG. "The General-in‐ Chief calls for a Return of the troops in your Dept. for the months of November and December, to be forwarded to the Adjutant Generals Office, no Returns having yet been received for those months." LS, ibid., RG 108, Letters Sent (Press). On March 19, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas. "I have the honor to transmit herewith, duplicate copy of Tri-monthly Return for the forces under my command for November 10, 1862. All other returns received for the month of November were destroyed at Holly Springs to prevent their falling into the hands of the enemy. I shall forward a duplicate return of Dec. 1862, at the earliest practicable moment." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. USG regularly sent his tri-monthly returns to Thomas with a routine cover letter which is omitted from these volumes.
On Feb. 13, Maj. Robert Williams, AGO, wrote to USG. "I am directed to request you to furnish this Office, Special Orders, in all cases of acceptance of the resignations of officers, in the Volunteer service, as soon as practicable after their