calculation u[p]on reaching Vicksburg by any other than Hains
As soon as the Admiral can get his gunboats back for service
I wil[l] concentrate all my forc[e]s and make a strike.
Finding that we fail in reaching the East bank of the Yazoo
upon the route you have gone there is nothing further to do with
troops where you are than to guard the gunboats and return
when they do.
What difficulty is in the way of reaching the Yazoo by going
down the Deer Creek?
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DLC-William T. Sherman. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 127; O. R. (Navy), I,
On March 21 and 29, 1863, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman addressed to
Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins lengthy reports of the Steele's Bayou expedition. ALS
and LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv,
part 1, 432-36. Part of the second report is in O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 490-92. On
March 21, Brig. Gen. Hugh Ewing, Steele's Bayou, reported to Rawlins the
movements of his brigade. LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the
Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 123.
See letter to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, March 22, 1863.
To Rear Admiral David G. Farragut
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Before Vicksburg, March 23d/63
As you kindly offered me the co-operation of your vessels,
and the use of them to transport troops to Warrenton, should I
want to send an expedition to destroy their batteries I have
determined to take advantage of the offer.
I have directed Gen. Steele to select two Regts. from his
command and get them to the opposite side of the peninsula to
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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: 456.
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