Monday, July 27, 1863

Camp on the Big Black River, Near Vicksburg, Mississippi

We have had storms and rain today, relief from the hot weather.

General Grant wants an experienced commander to lead the troops against Price in Arkansas. He has requested General Steele, as he was previously in command at Helena. I will miss him and I don’t have a ready replacement. Officers have been requesting leave en masse.

SHERMAN’S HEADQUARTERS, July 27, 1863

Major-General GRANT:
I report that the leave to General Thayer was granted. General Steele is now ordered away, and it leaves a DIVISION without a commander. We should make an inflexible rule that at least one general officer should be with a DIVISION, one field officer with a regiment, and one commissioned officer with a company. If we don’t look [out], our army will take leave en masse.

W. T. SHERMAN

General Grant has rescinded the leave for General Thayer. He will stay to command Steele’s Division while Steele goes to Arkansas.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS, Fifteenth ARMY CORPS, Number 148
Camp at Fox’s, near Black River, July 27, 1863

Pursuant to instructions from department headquarters, Major General Frederick Steele will report in person to Major-General Grant, at Vicksburg. Brigadier General J. M. Thayer will assume command of the First DIVISION, and carry out the orders already issued.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
R. M. SAWYER, Assistant Adjutant-General

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