Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Before Vicksburg, March 22d 1863,
MAJ. GEN. J. A. MCCLERNAND,
COMD. G 13TH ARMY CORPS,
Your communication of the 19th in regard to the assignment of Gen. Hamilton is just received. I found it necessary to relieve Gen. Hamilton from duty with the 16th Army Corps and in looking around could see but two Divisions where he could properly be placed. These were the cases of Gens. Morgan & Morgan L. Smith both of whom are absent from their Divisions. I look upon Gen. Morgan as the most likely to remain absent and made my order accordingly. 1
I readily perceive your embarassment however and will releive you from it either by assigning direct to some specific duties within your Army Corps or by placing him elswhere on duty.
In regard to taking all the command to myself of your Corps, with the exception of the two small Divisions immediately with you I think you are mistaken. It is true that I have given the general instructions to the Yazoo expedition, composed of troops from the 13th & 17th Army Corps, and have instructed Gen. Prentiss to supply all their wants without waiting instructions. This I regarded as necessary.
Feeling anxious to get news from there promptly I directed Gen. Prentiss to forward me all reports direct, but did not mean this should preclude the same reports frombeing sent to you also.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. On March 19, 1863, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, Milliken's Bend, wrote to USG. "Your notification to me that Genl. Hamil