contract and Thomas's condemnation of it is ibid., RG 94, Letters Received, 815 A 1863. See letter to Jesse Root Grant, April 21, 1863.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, Feb. 15th 1863.
BRIG. GEN. B. M. PRENTIS,
COMD. G DIST. E. ARK.
I send with this, steamers to take on board Gen. Ross' Division to be used with the Yazoo expedition. Enclosed with this you will find copy of a letter from me to Admiral Porter upon which the Admiral based his instructions to the vessels used in this expedition and which I want to have carried out. 1 Please hand the letter to Gen. Ross for his guidance.
The troops will take with them fifteen days rations, a portion of their tents and cooking utensils but no wagons. When the steamers are adapted one piece might be put on the bow. of each
If this expedition should succeed in geting into theColdwater I want Gen. Ross to take with him all the force he starts from Helena with. To do this you will want to establish a small garrison at the mouth of Yazoo Pass from the remainder of your force. Lt. Col. Wilson, Topographical Eng. has been with the expedition all the time and knows the wants, and where troops should be placed. Please fill all requisitions from him, for troops or tools, as if from myself.
The only change I would make in the instructions already given is that as soon as they arrive at the mouth of the Yalobusha they turn up that stream and take Grenada and destroy the rail‐ road bridges there before proceeding further down the river. Let there be no delay in this matter. Time now is growing important.
Gen. Ross should take with him all his axes & spades and if