On April 1, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 91. "Major General Richard J. Oglesby, U. S. Vols. will report in person to Major General S. A. Hurlbut, Commanding 16th Army Corps, for assignment to the Command vacated by Major General C. S. Hamilton." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 26, 27; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 165.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 28th/63
MAJ. GEN. B. M. PRENTISS,
COMD. G DIST. E. ARK.
The troops that have gone down Yazoo Pass are now ordered back. On their return to Helena debark them and send Hovey's Division immediately down to join Gen. McClernand at Millikins Bend. You will please add to Hovey's Div. two, or three if you think they can be safely spared from Helena, of the oldest regiments from Ross'.
I do not much like taking troops that have been so long on board steamers as Gen. Ross' command has immediately into the field, but it is a necessity.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
P. S. Send Quinby's and Smith's Divisions directly forward, the former to Lake Providence, and the latter to this point. Let there be no delay.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 151. On April 1, 1863, Maj. Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss, Helena, wrote to USG. "I have the honor to report that your directions in relation to the changes of the troops here, on the return of the Yazoo Expedition, have been attended to, so far as my co-operation was ordered. I am holding Gen. Hovey's division in