If I do send vessels below it will be the best vessels. I have, and there will be nothing left to attack Hayne's Bluff in case it should be deemed necessary to try it. It will require some little preparation to send these vessels below. Coal & provisions are wanted—they cannot well do without. With the force Farragut now has he can easily dispense with one vessel to patrol the Coast as far as Grand Gulf, while we are preparing this thing. I will come over and see you. I have been quite unwell all night, and not able to move about much. Before making a gunboat move I should like to get the vessels back from the Yazoo Pass Expedition." LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 152; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 518.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 29th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT,
COMD. G 16TH ARMY CORPS,
You may direct Gen. Webster, Supt. of Military R. Roads, to commence immediately the reconstruction of the rail-road between La Grange and Corinth. To facilitate this work I will send you six companies of the Engineer regiment. 1 You are authorized to detail a regiment of Infantry also for this duty and employ contrabands to any extent. 2
Detail a suitable officer for collecting any guns that may still be left on the line of the river and not in use. Have them brought to Memphis and mounted in the fort. Such as Gen. Davies has practiced his skill upon will have probably to have a new vent reamed out.
Gen. McClernand has made application for the 18th Ill. regiment. 3 If you can send it as well as not you may do so. As they are mounted however, and no more mounted men are required here, it may not be advisable to send it. Felling every desire to gratify Gen. McClernand in every possible, consistently with the good of the service, I leave this with you, with the understanding