DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Mo. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 431; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 483-84.
Also on March 16, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins wrote to Col. Giles A. Smith. "You will please hold in readiness one Regiment of your Command, with their transportation camp and garrison equippage complete and four days rations for embarkation to morrow morning 17th inst. at the lower landing where a Steamer has been ordered to be in waiting for them. Hold the remainder of your Brigade in readiness to move on receipt of orders You will report in person at these Head Quarters to morrow morning for detailed instructions" Copies, DLC‐ USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, Rawlins wrote to Brig. Gen. David Stuart. "You will hold the entire Infantry force of your Division, with one day's rations in haversacks, their arms, ammunition and accoutrements in readiness for embarkation by 8 o'clock A. M. to-morrow morning, the 17th inst., at the upper landing, where Steamboats have been ordered to be in waiting for them. Five days rations, and the ammunition not required to be carried by the men by existing orders, together with their axes, will be put on board the Steamer Silver Wave at the lower landing early to-morrow morning, in charge of a non-commissioned officer and three men from each Regiment, to look after that which belongs to their respective Regiments, and all to be under Command of a Field Officer. The transportation, Camp and garrison equippage and the sick will be left in charge of convalescents and suitable medical and commissioned officers. For detailed instructions as to place of debarkation, you will report in person to these Headqrs." LS, ibid., 15th Army Corps, 2nd Div., Letters Received.
On March 17, USG wrote to Capt. William Le Baron Jenney. "Send Capt. Ashmeads Pioneer Company on board the Empress to-night and direct them to proceed immediately up the river to where Gen. Stuart landed to-day. I go up to-night and will direct them there what they are to do." ALS, Berg Collection, NN. On the reverse, Jenney described his response. "Received at 11. PM. At 3 AM. Capt Ashmeads Company, were on their way up Steeles Bayou. Were landed at a point opposite Eagle's Bend on the Mississippi River. Where they built a road and bridge across the neck, (distance about 2½ miles, ). to enable troops and supplies to pass from the Mississippi to Steeles Bayou, thus saving considerable distance of Bayou navigation." ADS, ibid.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 17th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
GEN. IN CHIEF, WASHINGTON D. C.
Since the giving way of the dam at the upper end of the canal work with the dredges has progressed favorably, but all attempts