possibility of a doubt that Yazoo Pass can be opened to admit a large class of boats—, and after the Coldwater is reached there are no obstacles of any kind— and very little chance of interposing any till you arrive at Yazoo City. There is a bluff there, and the next highland is at Haine's Bluffs. I shall accompany the Yazoo Expedition, unless you direct otherwise.... It is called twelve miles from Moon Lake to the junction of the Pass with the Coldwater, and therefore there is only six or seven miles yet unexplored—certainly two miles of which are no more difficult than what I have explored already. —I will keep you informed of our progress. —" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 373-75. On Feb. 24, Wilson wrote to Rawlins that Yazoo Pass was open for navigation. Ibid., pp. 376, 378. On Feb. 27, USG forwarded this report to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. DNA, RG 108, Register of Letters Received.
Feb.y 16th 1863
ADMIRAL D. D. PORTER,
COMD. G MISS SQUADRON,
The bearer of this, Mr. Carlisle, is a man of known loyalty and has been a refugee from his southern home whilst the country was in possession of the rebels. Out of everything he has nothing left but a few bales of cotton on his plantation about twelve miles above the mouth of White river. It would be an act of charity, worthily bestowed, to permit one of the gunboats to protect a steamer whilst taking this cotton on board. I have given him permission to ship his cotton to Memphis if the boat taking it can receive this protection.
Mr. Carlisle is not a cotton speculator but only desirous of geting his own to market.
I am Admiral
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, MdAN. On Feb. 16, 1863, Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter wrote to USG. "I gave Mr. Carlisle an order for a gun boat to protect him &c I send