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    John A. McClernand Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", [near New Carthage, Louisiana] April 22, 1863, on letterhead reading, "Head Quarters, 13th Army Corps." General McClernand notifies General Ulysses S. Grant of obstacles his troops are facing in crossing the Mississippi River during the Siege of Vicksburg. He also tells the general of his progress in other matters. In part:

    "I have had many obstacles to encounter, particularly in the want of boats, insufficient members and of the proper kind to transfer my forces to the river. These obstacles are aggravated by the heavy rain that fell during the past night. Still, however, by unceasing effort, I have succeeded passably well. Genl. [Peter J.] Osterhaus' Division is over. One brigade of Genl. [Eugene A.] Carr's is nearly over; and a regiment of another is just leaving the landing at this place. I have established Commissary depots here, at James' and Perkin's Plantations; and have sent my ordinance officers over to establish an ordnance depot at Perkin's. The officers sent have not yet been able to assure me of the practicability of the land route from here to Perkin's; but are still investigating the matter. . . . I hope the rope sent for is on the way. If it is possible, run a tug through for use as 'tow.' I find I can not get the Admiral's tow except occasionally.

    "Your Obdt. Servt
    [signed] John A. McClernand
    Maj: Genl. Comdg.

    "Maj. Genl.
    U.S. Grant.
    Comdg. Dept. of the Tenn."

    General McClernand, an Illinois politician and friend of Abraham Lincoln, was not liked by U. S. Grant. Grant doubted McClernand's ability as a commander, and McClernand in turn complained about Grant. Earlier on March 29, Grant had sent McClernand and his troops to march south of Vicksburg among the levees and flooded bayous south of Vicksburg. McClernand found the march slow and difficult, especially because of the swollen river and heavy rain, as mentioned in this letter. McClernand's letter appears on lined paper with very minor foxing.


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