Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 112; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 480.
On March 18, 1863, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Lake Providence, wrote to USG. "The Levee was cut here yesterday afternoon and the water is flowing in at a tremendous rate filling up the Lake and Bayous. We will soon be able to take a good sized Steamer in. I have directed Genl. Logan to go up about 5 miles where there is comparatively high ground, and disembark and send the boats back for the remainder of his Division. If the country about the Lake is likely to be overflowed I shall move Genl. McArthur's Division up to the same point—" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 120.
March 16th 1863
I have just returned from a reconnoisance up Steele's Bayou with the Admiral and five of his gun boats. With some labor in cuting tree tops out of the way it will be navigable for any class of steamers.
I want you to have either your Pioneer corps or one regiment of good men for such work detailed and at the landing as soon as possible.
The party will want to take with them their rations & arms and sufficient camp & garrison equipage for a few days.
I will have a boat at any point you may designate as early as the men can be there. The 8th Mo. being many of them boatmen would be excellent men for this purpose.
As soon as you give directions for these men to be in readiness