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. 2.
Warrenton, Miss., about ten miles downriver from Vicksburg.
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
All these are now navigable to within a few miles of this
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Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1979.
Page number: 284.
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