he has not got a good supply then he should be supplied, particularly with axes, from the remainder of your command.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 56. On Feb. 15, 1863, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Steamboats through Yazoo Pass have gone to within six (6) miles of Coldwater. Express no fear but they will reach it and the Yazoo" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copy, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 17. On the same day, Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman wrote to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand reporting his progress on the Yazoo Pass expedition. Ibid., I, xxiv, part 3, 55-56. On Feb. 19, McClernand wrote to USG. "I have the honor to enclose a copy of a Communication from Genl. Gorman, respecting his operations in opening the Yazoo Pass." ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi.
On March 1, Lt. Col. Walter B. Scates, adjt. for McClernand, wrote to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Genl. Ross reports under date of the 23d inst. that the Gunboats had been in 'Moon Lake' for the previous two days, and would start down the pass on the morning of the 24, also that he was embarking his Division on the 23d with the expectation of following the Gunboats in two days. He has strong hope that the pass will be navigable by our boats, but thinks in consequence of swiftness of current, narrowness of the stream and overhanging timber, some damage may be incurred by them." LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 75-76.
Feb.y 15th 1863.
If you have not already disposed of your money save it until you hear from me again, and write to Orvil to know if he can pay what is due you in case you want it. I have written to Mr. Douglas 1 of Chicago, one of the most reliable gentlemen in the city to purchase property there for me to the amount of from eight to twelve thousand dollars cash to be paid down for any sum under ten thousand. We have what Orvil owes, the fifteen hundred you