place and Red River except Grand Gulf, where they have 4 20 & 30 pounder Parrot guns & they annoyed us very much coming up. There are no steamers on the Miss. River between here & Red River or were not when I came up & if they have come out since I will have them below me when I go down, so that if Admiral Porter wishes to send down any of his boats he will know what they will have to contend with. I am greatly obliged to you for your politeness & remain ... If you wish to send over a force to break up Warrington, these vessels will be at your service while we remain here." Copy (undated), DNA, RG 45, Letterbook of David G. Farragut. Dated March 22 in Loyall Farragut, The Life of David Glasgow Farragut (New York, 1879), pp. 340-41. O. R. (Navy), I, xx, 7-8.
On March 23, Farragut wrote to USG. "I have just received your communication of this date and am most happy to find that you concur in opinion with me as to the necessity for destroying the casemated Battery now near completion at Warrenton—I gave it a good shelling today and will be ready to act in concert with your troops and afford any facility in my power whenever they are ready— I will cover the landing, and in case the Ram Switzerland comes down in time, that as she will be best suited to land the troops, but in case the Ram does not get down in time, the Albatross will do it. I beg to assure you in conclusion that it will always afford me great pleasure to cooperate with you in any undertaking for the common good of our common country." ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Mo. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 132; O. R. (Navy), I, xx, 16.
March 23d 1863,
In the various notes I have written, including the dispatch for Gen. Banks, I have not mentioned that soon after taking command here, in person, I collected my suplus troops at Lake Providence and directed the Commanding officer to effect a passage through from the Miss river to Bayou Macon. 1 This will give navigable water through by that route to the Red river.
This is now reported practicable for ordinary Ohio river steamers.
I sent several weeks ago for this class of steamers and expected them before this. Should they arrive and Admiral Porter gets his boats out of the Yazoo so as to accompany the expedition I can send a force of say 20,000 effective men to co-operate with Gen. Banks on Port Hudson.