be compelledto divert from the Miss. river expedition a large portion of my forces on account of the existance of these roads. If these bridges can be destroyed it would be a heavy blow to the enemy and of much service to us.
I have directed six hundred men, armed with rifles, to go up on transports to Delta, leaving here to-morrow to act as Marines to the expedition. 2 Have also ordered the regiment spoken of this morning to report at Steamer Magnolia at 10 a. m. to-morrow to join your service.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
P. S. I have directed the troops sent with the Yazoo expedition to take fifteen days rations with them.
U. S. G.
ALS, DNA, RG 45, Correspondence of David D. Porter, Mississippi Squadron, General Letters (Press). O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 36; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 249-50.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 6th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN
COMD. G 15TH ARMY CORPS,
Detail the regiment of which we were speaking last evening for service on the Gunboats. Let them report here at 10 a. m. to-morrow with one officer to each comp.y. The balance of the officers can be put on any detached service you may desire.
You may also detail about six hundred men to go up the river to-morrow on the Yazoo expedition. As the Gunboats to be used