these stores forwarded as soon as possible. Also send twenty thousand rations from your stores for the use of the Navy. They will either be replaced or returns made for the Infantry sharp shooters who are aboard these gunboats to cover the issue. If there are troops still at Moon Lake or in the vicinity of Helena to come down here you can turn the Continental back to aid in bringing them down. If there are no troops to bring down she can go up to Memphis and bring the Mails and a load from there.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 128.
Also on March 22, 1863, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins wrote to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand. "You will please send forward at once to the Yazoo Pass Expedition four of your thirty pound Parrott guns and a sufficient force (not less than 80 men) from the 1st U. S. Infantry to man them, under command of Capt. G. A. Williams, of said 1st U. S. Inft. They will take with them thirty days rations. The Steamer 'Dacotah' has been ordered to transport them, and will be in readiness at Milikens Bend, early to-morrow morning, the 23d inst. for their embarkation." LS, McClernand Papers, IHi. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 127.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the [Tenn. ]
Before Vicksburg, March 22/63
MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN,
COMD. G 15TH ARMY CORPS,
I regret that the chances look so gloomy for geting through to the Yazoo by that route. I had made so much calculation upon the expedition down Yazoo Pass, and now again by the route proposed by Admiral Porter, that I have made really but little