XVII. The cavalry of the Thirteenth Army Corps in the District of Eastern Arkansas will constitute the SECOND Cavalry DIVISION of the Army of the Tennessee, and will be commanded by Brigadier General C. C. Washburn.
By order of Major General U. S. Grant:
JNO. A. RAWLINS,
HDQRS. Fifteenth ARMY CORPS, Number 36. Camp near Vicksburg, February 8, 1863.
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V. Each DIVISION of this corps will furnish a daily detail of 500 men to work on the canal, reliefs to be at the discretion of DIVISION commanders. They will, with all their officers, report each morning at 7 o'clock to Captain Jenney, engineer officer, on the levee, between the main levee and the railroad. On Monday (to-morrow) the SECOND DIVISION; Tuesday, First DIVISION, and alternately.
By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
J. H. HAMMOND,
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Memphis, Tenn., February 8, 1863.
Major General U. S. GRANT,
Commanding Department, &c.:
GENERAL: Your dispatch of the 5th instant was received at 10 a. m. yesterday.
Logan's DIVISION is all ready, and will embark as soon as transports can be provided. There are not enough here now, but Graham thinks some will be up this evening. I hope to get away from here with Logan's DIVISION by Tuesday night at latest.
Quinby's DIVISION is just relieved from railroad duty, and marching in to-day. His command will be in good shape, and ready to move at a moment's notice.
Bissell has just shown me an order requiring him to move, with Logan's DIVISION, with his regiment, pontoon train, train, tools, &c., and I have given Graham orders to assign him a boat, which he is now loading.
I hope soon to be with you, and aid in carrying out the plan, which strikes me as the best and most feasible that has been presented.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAS. B. McPHERSON.
[FEBRUARY 8, 1863. -For Asboth to Hurlbut, about transfer of Forts Donelson, Henry, and Heiman to the Department of the Cumberland, see Series I, VOL. XXIII, Part II, p. 51.]
HDQRS. DIST. OF WEST TENN.,
Memphis, February 9, 1863.
Major General U. S. GRANT:
GENERAL: I have information direct from Grenada and Jackson, MISS. A young man (Horton), native of Minnesota, and known to many