ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi.
On March 7, 1863, Col. George P. Ihrie twice wrote to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand. "The General commanding this Department directs me to say to you, that you will immediately have all the empty gunny bags to be found in your Corps immediately gathered together, and sent to the canal, with the utmost dispatch. To facilitate this, you will cause details to be made, to visit each and every Regiment in your Corps. At the canal, they will be delivered to the Chief Engineer —Capt. Prime." "I am directed by the General Commanding this Department to write you as follows: Having gathered together, and sent down to the canal, all the empty gunny bags in your Corps, you will move your Command to Miliken's Bend, occupying the highest ground. For this purpose, you will use the unloaded transports at your camp. Additional transports will be sent you, without delay." ALS, ibid. On the same day, McClernand wrote to USG. "Please place a Steamer at my disposal. I wish to send her immediately up as far as Millikens Bend. Lt. Col Schwartz of my Staff will go on her to ascertain whether there is anything to prevent the Cavalry and loose animals from going up there by land. If there is not I can much hasten my movements and shorten the time of the use of transports. The Capitola is near here and if she is a government boat could be made immediately available. The Argyle which has just left the landing with steam up, would do better. I can return the boat to-morow morning." Copies, ibid.; DNA, RG 393, 13th Army Corps, Letters Sent. On March 12, McClernand, Milliken's Bend, wrote to USG. "That portion of my command lately at Youngs Point will all have been transferred to this place by night. Maj Mudd bears this on the Steamer Fanny Ogden to bring up a Paymaster promised by Major Judd. If the 'Ogden' can be left with me until greater urgency calls her elsewhere it will be a great accommodation." DfS, McClernand Papers, IHi; copies, ibid.; DNA, RG 393, 13th Army Corps, Letters Sent.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 8th/63
LT. COL. G. T. ALLEN,
I would respectfully call your attention to Gen. Orders No 61 & 100 series 1862 on the subject of leaves of absence.
A number of leaves have come to this office for approval where the certificates have been for a period beyond the time authorized which should not be. In discharging soldiers the "Act of Congress" approved May 14th 1862 and embraced in Gen.