Two DIVISIONS were also cut off from their retreat, and have gone eastward, many of their men throwing down their arms and leaving. The enemy only succeeded in getting back three pieces of artillery. I have instructed my quartermaster and commissary to send up boats to Lake's Landing with forage and provisions; will you please send a convoy? Please send a boat up to Haynes' Bluff, which I think is evacuated. Our cavalry have gone up to see.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Vicksburg, MISS., May 19, 1863.
Major General U. S. GRANT, Comdg. Dept. of the Tennessee:
GENERAL: My skirmishers are near the enemy's works, and my lines (not yet completed) are advancing. I have opened with artillery on the works. Your dispatch by Colonel Lagow is received.
Respectfully, your obedient servant.
JOHN A. McClernand.
YOUNG'S POINT, La., May 19, 1863-4 p. m.
GENERAL: You will proceed, with all of your command now at this place, on steamers to be assigned you by Lieutenant-Colonel Bingham, chief quartermaster, to Chickasaw Bluffs, and there debark and proceed to the army in the field.
After debarking, you will make a reconnaissance to ascertain the position of the enemy, if in the vicinity, and open communication with General Steele, who is supposed to occupy the left of our lines, and report the result of same to Colonel Bingham, chief quartermaster, at the landing.
The main body of your command will be held in readiness to escort the supply train, which will be in readiness to go forward with you.
Take with you all your wagons, and load them with supplies at the point of debarkation. No baggage of any kind will be taken.
You will vary the details of this order as in your judgment circumstances may require.
By order of Major General U. S. Grant:
T. S. BOWERS.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.