occurrence, that the Governors of the different States may receive early information of the same, and have their places supplied in their Regiments promptly." LS, ibid., Letters Received. On March 27, USG endorsed a copy of this letter. "Respectfully returned to Head Quarters of the Army Washington, D. C., A copy of all Special Orders, as well as an abstract of Resignations are forwarded to the Adjutant General of the Army on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 25; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Endorsements. Numerous cover letters from USG to Thomas transmitting general and special orders are also omitted from these volumes, as are letters transmitting lists of staff officers and proceedings of courts-martial.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 7th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
WASHINGTON D. C.
I telegraphed you yesterday the near approach to completion of the canal. 1 The water is extremely high, several feet above the highest ground inside of the levee. Last night one of the dams across the upper end of the canal gave way filling up where men were at work geting out stumps and thus seting back the work for several days. I hope yet however to have this work completed as early as I could possibly take advantage of it if it was already done.
The troops expected from St. Louis are not yet heard from, 2 and all that I am bringing from West Tennessee are not yet down.
The work of geting through Lake Providence and Bayou Macon there is but little possibility of proving successful. If the work had been commenced in time however there is but little question of the success of the enterprise. The land from Lake Providence, and also from Bayou Macon, receedes until the low