War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0578 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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Abstract from Return of the Department of the Tennessee, &c.-Continued.

Present for duty.

Command. Officer. Men. Aggregate Aggregate

present. present

and about.

District of

Corinth.

Brigadier-

General

DODGE.

Infantry 314 5,423 7,012 8,382

Artillery 10 305 376 411

Cavalry 3 218 287 352

Total 332 5,946 7,675 9,145

district of

Corinth

First

Brigade,

Cavalry

Division.

Colonel B.

H. GRIERSON.

Total* 84 1,991 2,259 3,075

Total forces 1,305 25,533 30,456 37,803

Seventeenth

Army Corps

Engineer

Regiment of

the West.

Colonel

BISSELL.

Total* ........ ....... 625 814

Grand total 3,586 69,505 93,816 121,051

Department

of Tennessee

Pieces of artillery

Command. Aggregate Heavy. Field.

present

and absent

last

monthly

return.

District of

Corinth.

Brigadier-

General

DODGE.

Infantry 7,957 ....... .........

Artillery 454 ........ .........

Cavalry 355 ........ .........

Total 8,776 ........ .........

district of

Corinth

First

Brigade,

Cavalry

Division.

Colonel B.

H. GRIERSON.

Total* +3,075 ......... 7

Total forces 37,455 4 67

Seventeenth

Army Corps

Engineer

Regiment of

the West.

Colonel

BISSELL.

Total* 814 ......... ........

Grand total ......... 10 153

Department

of Tennessee

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,

Saint Louis, January 23, 1863.

Major General U. S. GRANT,

Commanding Department of the Tennessee, Memphis, Tenn.:

GENERAL: The prisoners are arriving here, and what to do with them is a difficult question. I have them on Arsenal Island, without shelter. I am obliged to put them where a small guard will do, for I have sent everything down to help you in the down-river matters.

I telegraphed General Gorman through you at Memphis on the 11th instant to-

Continue to regard the Vicksburg movement of primary importance. Let all other move delay if deemed necessary. Send boats and ;men for that object, but do not weaken Helena so as to endanger the position.

Now, I receive orders extending your command over-

All troops in Arkansas which may be within reach of his orders; that portion of Arkansas occupied by such troops will be temporality attached to the Department of the Tennessee.

You will please inform me at your earliest convenience what troops and what territory you will assume, as I must arrange my supervision of affairs to your orders. I suppose you will include Helena in the enlargement of your command.

If Holmes and Hindman mass all their forces this side of the Arkansas River they may give me trouble, but I hope you will close out

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*Not reported in detail on original.

++ To balance aggregates, being the first report.

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