saved it might occur some time that more valuable vessels would have been risked relying on this one for assistence. It is almost certain that had she ever made one ram at another vessel she would have closed up like a spy-glass encompassing all on board.
I have just learned from a contraband (reliable) that most of the forces from Vicksburg are now up the Yazoo leaving not to exceed 10,000 in the city to-day. The batteries are the same however and would cause the same difficulty in landing that would be experianced against a heavy force. Besides the very cause of the absence of so many troops from Vicksburg, our Gunboats & troops in and towards the Yazoo, prevents taking advantage of this circumstance. I have no doubt of the truth of this assertion of the contrabands because it is substantiated by Southern papers and deserters, so far as to large forces being sent up the Yazoo.
I am Gen. Very respectfully
Your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, ICHi. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 23-24. On March 25, 1863, USG had telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Two (2) Rams attempted to run the blockade this morning. One succeeded in damaged condition. They were intended to strengthen Farragut. Porter is returning, did not succeed in reaching the Yazoo." 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. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 23; O. R. (Navy), I, xx, 18.
March 27th 1863.
I do not know where a letter will reach you but will venture to send it to the care of Col. Hillyer at Memphis.
I am very well but much perplexed. Heretofore I have had