The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863 - Vol. 7

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Gen'l, also suggested, that if any of them are loyal and have property which they are unable to take with them, they had better exchange it for cotton. One of them 'Hiram Steine' a german with a wife and three children, whose loyalty is and always has been above suspicion, has secured Forty three (43) bales of Cotton, and has applied to me for permission to ship the same to Memphis. As I doubt my power to grant such permission, I respectfully refer the case to you and be- speak for it a favorable consideration. I send this directly to you, instead of through the regular channel, for the reason that Gen'l McArthur will probably be on his way up to this point, while this is going down. I have read Col Duffs report and have nothing to add to it." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. On the same day, Duff wrote to Rawlins. "The work from the river to Lake Providence is nearly completed but of course the water cannot be let in until the outlet through Bayou Baxter is clear. this cannot be done with the force now here. I hope therefore that the remainder of the 6th Division will be sent here as soon as practicable. An immense amount of stock has been driven from this region over to the highlands west of Bayou Macon which will be accessible as soon as Baxter is open—As it is now the foraging party on the 'Continental' have pretty well cleaned out what was left The Rebels cut the levee on Bunch's bend on Saturday but were discovered by our 'mule cavalry' in time to prevent the consummation of their project—They were compelled to repair the Levee and warned that a repetition of the offense would be visited by the burning of every house in the settlement." ALS, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Mo. O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, 41-42.
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Warrenton, Miss., about ten miles downriver from Vicksburg.
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See letter to Col. John C. Kelton, Feb. 6, 1863.

To Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson

Lake Providence Feb 5, 1863.

MAJ GENL J B MCPHERSON
COMM'DG 17TH ARMY CORPS

Move one Division of your command to this place with as little delay as practicable, and come with yourself One Brigade of McArthurs Division is now here, and the balance will be ordered up as soon as I return.

This bids fair to be the most practicable route for turning Vicksburg. You will notice from the Map that Lake Providence empties through the Tansas, Washita, Black and Red rivers into the Mississippi

All these are now navigable to within a few miles of this

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