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

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To Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson

Before Vicksburg Feby 27th 1863


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 sunk

Maj Genl.

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.

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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