Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 127. On March 22, 1868, 4:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Lake Providence, wrote to USG. "One Brigade of Genl. Logan's Division and part of another are on Board of Transports ready to start for 'Eagle Bend' and will reach that point Early tomorrow. I shall leave General McArthur here, and go down with Genl. Logan's Division I enclose you a copy of Genl. Quinbys Dispatch just received from which you will understand the difficulties he has had to contend with. I have just received a letter from Col. Boomer dated the 20th stating that Boats enough had arrived to take the balance of Genl. Quinbys' Division & that he would be off 'double quick' He also stated that he thought Boats enough would be down yesterday to take Genl. Smith's Division—Since cutting the Levee at this point the water has risen steadily in the Lake until the shore is all overflowed, except in a few high points. I have been obliged to move the whole of Logan's Division and all but one Brigade of McArthur's up the River about five miles, in order to get camping ground—Genl. Ransom is still up the River at 'American Bend' with two Regts from here and the force that came up from the Fleet. I am expecting him down to night or tomorrow" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 403-4. The enclosed letter from Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby is printed ibid., p. 406. On March 21, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins had written to McPherson. "You will please move one division of your corps to Eagle Bend on the east bank of the Mississipi river where Stuarts division landed with a view to reinforcing Maj Genl. Sherman from that point. Let there be no delay. Send them by brigades as rapidly as they can be embarked" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On March 25, Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 84. "Brig General M D Leggett will move with his Brigade from Eagle Bend to Lake Providence and there rejoin his Division The Q M will furnish the necessary transportation" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 26, 27; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 146.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Before Vicksburg, March 22d/63
BRIG. GEN. B. M. PRENTISS,
COMD. G DIST. E. ARK.
I am sending up to-day per steamer Continental some Ordnance stores for the gunboats now near Greenwood. Please have