Polk recommends Colonels E. W. Gantt, M. L. Walker, Lieutenant-Colonel M. J. Wright. There is no cavalry colonel here to recommend. I consider Ransom indispensable. He should be sent at once.
Chief Commissary, Colonel Lee or Major Williams. No officers here to select from.
Major Brent be sent me or not? I need him hourly. My Quartermaster is a Captain Clement Young. He ought to be made a major; a common grade in that department here, I find.
Mobile can be had. Will department issue necessary orders at once?
Jackson, Tenn., March 6th, 1862.Dear General,—Colonel Mackall's letter, through Lieutenant Otey, has just been received. I send you, by the same officer, information just obtained through one Dr. Minturn, just in from Cairo, on his way to Houston, Texas. He was anxious, he said, to visit your headquarters to get some papers left with Mr. Baylor; but his manners appearing rather suspicious, I preferred sending him direct to Texas. His information may be true or not; you will have to judge for yourself.