of Yallobusha & move her down to Yazoo City or the mouth of Yazoo—he says he has permission to pass the raft built below the fleet of boats—which raft is provided with a draw but the Navy Officers at the mouth of Yazoo report theEnemy obstructing the river below the with a line of piles—Indeed at this distance our information is unreliable & I will proceed on the basis of your plan as developed to Genl Halleck—Of course attacking Vicksburg at the first movement if deemed possible. This same party represents the talk at Jackson that Bragg would amuse Rosecrans with a pretended attack whilst his army would substantially move towards the Mobile & Ohio Road near Baldwin or Tupelo that we would be allowed to move south almost unopposed, when Bragg from the east & Holmes from the west would close in to the river at Pillow or Memphis, and that the pretended attacks on Kentucky, Clarksburg &c were mere feints. Insomuch as time would be lost I will send to Adjt. Genl. Thomas at Washington for the information of Genl Halleck a short condensed Report of my force‐ Infantry Cavalry & Artillery that he may judge of its sufficiency to the end in view You will observe that I only have here three Companies of Cavalry available. I understand Col. Howe may be daily expected with 4 Cos 3d Regular Cavalry I will leave him with Hurlbut. Hurlbut has erysipelas & prefers to remain. Having no adequate Command for Genls Asboth I leave him also in command of the Fort with its four Regiments & detachments. All detachments belonging to Denver's & Lauman's I have ordered to march to Holly Springs" Copy, ibid., RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, William T. Sherman, Letters Sent; DLC-William T. Sherman. On the same day, Sherman wrote to Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas reporting his troop strength for the expedition in detail. ALS, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 602-3.
Hd Qrs, Dept of the Tenn.
Oxford, Miss. Dec 14th 1862
COL. A. S. NORTON
COMMDG 17TH ILLS. INFY
Your letter of the 12th 1 is just recd. I can certainly have no desire to keep from you the reason of your removal from LaGrange.