This force certainly would easily reduce Port Hudson and enable them to come on up the river and maintain a position on high land near enough to Vicksburguntil they could be reinforced from here sufficiently to opperate against the city.
Please inform the Gen. of the contents of this and much oblige
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
To Admiral Farragut
Comd.g Gulf Squadron
ALS, CSmH. O. R., I, xv, 301; ibid., I, xxiv, part 3, 131; O. R. (Navy), I, xx, 14.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 23d 1863
ADMIRAL D. D. PORTER
COMD. G MISS. SQUADRON,
Troops were promptly sent to Eagle Bend on the Miss. river, just where the bayou makes from the river to Steeles Bayou, 1 and have made a good road across. It is not practicable to keep a large force on the land there, but there will be constantly as many as the boats suitable for navigating Steeles Bayou can ferry. I have no more boats of the class required, here, to send.
The expedition by the way of Yazoo Pass seems to have come to a dead lock at Greenwood. More forces are on the way to them. But I doubt their being of any service. Col. Wilson, in whos judgement I place great reliance, writes that land forces cannot act until the batteries are silenced. He thinks too that there has been unnecessary delay in reaching that point. 2