for which I have been waiting for the Sawing Machine to come from Memphis, while Col Pride told me ought to have been five days ago. After this work is done, the class of Boats which navigated 'Yazoo Pass' can go through this route. My report with a copy of the Map in my possession with regard to Wallace's movements on the 6th of April, was sent to you by the Steam Boat Emperor, three days ago. If it does not come to hand I can send you a Copy." Copies (2), DNA, RG 393, 17th Army Corps, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 159.
On April 1, McPherson wrote to USG. "From information just received from a man by the name of 'Hawkins' a northern man by birth I learn the following. Gen. Price and Hindman were in Munroe one week ago last Sunday, Hindman on his way to Vicksburg to attend a court martial for the trial of Lovell for the surrender of New Orleans, Price on his way to Little Rock to organize his forces for the invasion of Mo, determined to do it or perish in the attempt. Rebels nearly starved out at Vicksburg & Port Hudson, only two weeks supply on hand— Expectation pretty general that they will have to evacuate. The 'Indianola' was raised Guns taken off and sent to Alexandria on Red River, Boat taken up the Big Black about a day before Admiral Farraguts Arrival—Hull comparatively uninjured, upper works having been blown off by explosion—Ram 'Queen of the West' up Red River with the Webb. A Battery of 2-11" guns at the junction of the Washita & Big Boeuf Rivers—General depression among the people. Gov. Moore of La. issued an order calling out all the Militia of the State. Many of them object on the ground that the Law authorizing it is unconstitutional, having been passed when there was not a quorum in the Senate—Mr Hawkins has some additional information which he wishes to communicate to you personally—shall I permit him to come down—" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 164-65.
March 30th 1863.
Col. Hillyer, Fred. & Willie 1 arrived here all safe last night having had a tedious trip on account of the storm. They were obliged to lay up at Lake Providence. Fred. is looking well and seems as happy as can be at the idea of being here. I have not had an opportunity of talking to him alone yet. You can stay at Memphis as well as any other placeuntil the fate of Vicksburg is settled. There has been some delay in the attack unavoidable