To Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson
Before Vicksburg Feby 27th 1863
MAJ GENL J. B. MCPHERSON
COMMD'G 17TH ARMY CORPS.
There are two more dredge boats comeing down the river I
have instructions to Genl Prentiss to stop one of them and instruct
them to report to Col Wilson to work in Yazoo pass, the other
to report to you at Lake Providence
1 The instructions however
may reach Prentiss after the boats have passed If so stop them
and turn one back to Delta or Helena to report as indicated above,
and keep the other
The ram captured from us by the rebels and the "Webb"
came out of Red River and attacked the Indinola and succeeding
in capturing her
2 A rebel Flag of Truce is just up from Baton
Rouge with exchanged prisoners abroad and report the Indianola
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
1. On Feb. 27, 1863, Col. George P. Ihrie wrote to Brig. Gen. Benjamin M.
Prentiss, Helena. "I am directed by the Major Gen Commanding this Department
to inform you that you will direct one Dredge boat to proceed to Yazoo Pass and
report to Lieut Col. Wilson in charge of Yazoo Expedition and one other to pro-
ceed to Lake Providence and report to Maj Genl McPherson When the services
of these two dredge boats are no longer required, they will be instructed to report
at these Head Quarters, to Capt. F. E. Prime chief U S Engineer of this Depart-
ment. There are three dredges en route" Copies, ibid. On Feb. 13, Maj. Gen.
Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Cannot dredge-boats be used with
advantage on the There are four lying idle at Louisville belonging to
Borton Robinson & co, canal contractors." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107,
Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the
Tenn., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 17. On Feb. 17, USG tele-
graphed to Halleck. "We have one Dredging Machine here and another ordered
More than two could not be used advantageously" Telegram received, DNA,
RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound);
copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn.,
Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94. On Feb. 16, George G.
Pride telegraphed to USG. "Have succeeded in getting two efficient Dredge Boats
that will dig twenty feet—One of the above is purchased and is on the way down,
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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: 366.
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