Copies, DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs.
Correspondence. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Samuel R.
Curtis. "Are any troops coming from St. Louis for me. I have understood so but
hear nothing of them. —answer." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams
Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound).
On March 4, Curtis drafted his reply at the foot of the telegram received. "A regi-
ment embarked to day The marine Brigade leaves Thursday—Other troops as
fast as transportation can be furnished" ALS, ibid. ; telegram received, ibid.,
RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
On March 7, 6:00 A. M., USG telegraphed to Halleck. "Three Dredge
boats are here. They work to a charm doing the work of three hundred men
per day each hour" Telegram received, ibid.,
RG 107, Telegrams Col-
lected (Bound); copies (dated March 6), ibid.,
RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd.
Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94. On March 10, USG wrote to
Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter. "Will you be kind enough to furnish our
Dredging Machines with one barrel of lubricating oil to last until some already
sent for can be brought from Memphis ? I would also request the use of a man,
whos name I do not know, but he is rated as an ordinary seaman on board the
'Mound City.' This is thoroughly acquainted with the working of Dredge boats."
ALS, New York State Library, Albany, N. Y. See letter to George G. Pride,
April 23, 1863.
To Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 7th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. J. A. MCCLERNAND
COMD. G 13TH ARMY CORPS.
The dam across the upper end of the canal gave way lastnight
and from the rush of water through where the levee is cut by the
canal may wear it away so as to fill up our camps and drive the
troops to the levee and on board transports.
Have your Engineer officer, supported by all the details he
may requir, look to preventing as far as possible the influx of
water from the rear and left of your camps.
The troops nearest the canal will attend to the work in that
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com