Forts Henry and Heiman, have now their way open either to Paducah or Columbus. Dividing my small force, I start half of it to Paducah and thence to Heiman. Co-operate, if possible, and prevent their approach toward Columbus.
LA GRANGE, [March 11,] 1863.
One of Dodge's scouts, captured before battle of Murfreesborough and confined at Chattanooga, has escaped and just come in. He says no re-enforcements have reached Bragg, except conscripts and part of a brigade from Savannah and some troops taken from along railroad. No troops threatening to cross the Tennessee this way. River out of its banks.
C. S. HAMILTON.
HDQRS. OF THE ARMY, ADJT. General 'S OFFICE, Numbers 115.
Washington, March 11, 1863.
I. Brigadier General R. J. Oglesby, U. S. Volunteers, will report to Major General U. S. Grant, U. S. Volunteers, for assignment to duty in the Department of the Tennessee.
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By command of Major-General Halleck:
[MARCH 11, 1863. -For Asboth to Curtis, about re-enforcements for Columbus, Ky., see Series I, VOL. XXII, Part II, p. 152.
MEMPHIS, TENN., March 11, 1863.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
Colonel G. G. Pride has just returned from the fleet, near Vicksburg, and reports that General Grant must have the dredge-boat of the Louisville Canal Company. Will you please give Captain [Walworth] Jenkins, assistant quartermaster, orders to take her? Of the four dredging-machines of Barton & Robinson, but two answer the purpose. The other two can do the work on the Louisville Canal. No other machine at Louisville, except the one belonging to the Louisville Canal Company, will answer. Please reply immediately.
CHARLES A. REYNOLDS,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Quartermaster.
CINCINNATI, March 11, 1863.
Colonel L. B. PARSONS, Asst. Quartermaster, Cincinnati, Ohio:
COLONEL: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th instant, received to-night, inclosing copies of two telegrams and a letter from Major-General Grant, requesting you to procure and, send to him