HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Steamer Tigress, January 8, 1863.
Admiral DAVID D. PORTER,
Commanding Mississippi Squadron:
ADMIRAL: The signal officer to whom you refer has left. In view of your suggestion of the unsafeness of running at night, and of the necessity of delaying longer for some of my transports, I propose to start in the morning at 8 o'clock, and have accordingly so ordered in regard to my command. [You] leading off in the morning at the honor named I will follow.
I learn this evening from an officer of General Morgan L Smith's staff that the gunboats might find a favorable landing for the protection of the disembarkation of the land forces at Notrib's farm, 3 miles below the Post.
JOHN A. McCLERNAND,
LA GRANGE, TENN., January 8, 1863.
Brigadier General I. F. QUINBY,
Commanding Seventh Division:
GENERAL: Hold your command ready to move to Memphis, and move them along as rapidly as troops arrive to relieve them.
C. S. HAMILTON,
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS,
Memphis, Tenn., January 8, 1863.
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to give you a copy of Major-General Grant's dispatch, received this p.m. If you can, send it to Major-General Sherman:
What number of troops have you transportation for in Memphis? I will send at least 15,000 more down the river, and want transportation ready for them. Send word, if you can send down the river, that re-enforcements are going to them.
U. S. GRANT,
We have no transportation here, but shall stop boats coming down that can convey them. If you have any boats that can be spared from your fleet send them here immediately.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Holly Springs, Miss., January 8, 1863.
Brigadier General J. W. DENVER,
Commanding First Division:
GENERAL: You will immediately move your command to Davis' Mill, Grand Junction, and La Grange, and relieve Brigadier-General Logan's division.