Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 6th 1863.
COL. J. C. KELTON,
A. A. GEN. WASHINGTON, D. C.
Enclosed I send you report of Lt. Col. Wilson of the prospects of effecting a safe passage into the Yazoo river by the way of Yazoo Pass.
Admiral Porter will have this pass thoroughly explored by light draft gunboats upon which I am puting six hundred rifle‐ men from the army.
It is to be hoped that this expedition will be able to capture all the transports in the Yazoo and tributaries, and destroy two gunboats said to be in course of construction. They will also attempt to ascend the Yalobusha to Grenada and if possible destroy the rail-road bridges.
The ram that run the blockade on the 2d inst. has returned to the lower end of the peninsular oposite Vicksburg.
She went as far as Red river and some miles up it capturing and destroying three steamboats loaded with commissary stores and about sixty prisoners.
I send dispatches every day or two to be telegraphed from Memphis, but as I do not know that they get through think it necessary to notify you of the fact.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 17. USG enclosed reports of Feb. 2, 1863, 8:00 P. M., and Feb. 4, 8 :00 A. M., from 1st Lt. James H. Wilson, Yazoo Pass, to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "We reached Helena last night and had all arrangements complete to start from there this morning at 10 A. M. Gen'l Gorman accompanied me, sending under my com