Before Vicksburg March 30th 1863.
MAJOR GENL. J. B. MCPHERSON
COMMANDG. 17TH ARMY CORPS.
As it is probable that Laumans, Divisions will not be brought down here, I have attached Genl. J. E. Smith Divisions to the 15th Army Corps. send them down to report to Sherman. Has Quinbys two Divisions come down yet. they should be got down as early as possible please send me your report on Wallaces case 1 at Pittsburg landing on the 6th of April 1862. as early as you can. Have you investigated the case yet of the practicability of getting into Bayou Macon ? I do not expect to use that route but want to know if it can be used in case of necessity
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson quoted USG's letter in a letter of March 31, 1863, to Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby. Copy, ibid., 17th Army Corps, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 159; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 290-91. McPherson quoted two sentences from USG's letter; when printed, four additional sentences written by McPherson were attributed to USG. On March 31, McPherson, Lake Providence, wrote to USG. "I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of dispatches per Steam boat Emperor. Genl Smith's Division reached here last night and to day. It will be ordered down immediately. I enclose the last dispatch which I have received from Gen'l. Quinby—will send a messenger up to Genl Quinby by the first opportunity, directing him to come down as rapidly as possible. I have within the last few days had the passage from here to Bayou Macon thoroughly reconnoitered. Following the route indicated on a sketch recently sent you the shallowest water is 3½ feet, this at the point where you leave 'Bayou Baxter,' and just before reaching 'Bayou Macon,' a distance from 250 to 300 yards, which could be dredged out in a short time. There are also twelve or fifteen trees to be cut off under water,