the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 49; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 356. "I ascertain from Refugees that Yazoo City and all that country is perfectly unprotected and unfortified—and that the gunboat expedition will use them up all round" LS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. "I have reliable information that two Regiments of Rebels, (about 800 men. ) have been sent up the Sunflower, with Aitillery, to annoy vessels passing Greenville, and that neighborhood. — Would it not be a good plan to try and clean out that country. —Three or four hundred cavalry with some light field pieces would do it. —They think we will not molest them.- ... There is also a battery at Cypress Bend which can be taken by 200 men. I have a gunboat near there." LS, McClernand Papers, IHi. O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 359. On the same day, Capt. Theodore S. Bowers endorsed the fourth letter. "Genl. Grant being absent, this communication is respectfully referred to Major General J. A. McClernand." ES, McClernand Papers, IHi. On Feb. 14, Lt. Col. Walter B. Scates transmitted to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins letters and orders concerning the ensuing expedition. LS and copies, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 52-54.
On Feb. 14, USG wrote to Porter. "The steamer Vicksburg, if sunk atal, is sunk in shallow water. Gen. Sherman sent immediately on the receipt of your note to ascertain certainly whether the report of her being sunk was true but the messenger has not yet returned. Col. Bissell of the Eng. regiment has been down to the point and reports as above." Copy, CSmH; typescript, Delbert S. Wenzlick, St. Louis County, Mo.
Before Vicksburg Miss
Feb.y 14th 1863.
I have written two or three letters in the last two days and therefore have but little to add now. One thing however was suggested by the letter you forwarded to me from home that I forgot to mention in my letter to you. They say that $82 00 has been received for the children and you speak of sending more by