Flint, Mich. O.R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 438. On Feb. 26, Porter wrote to USG. "Yours of this morning just received. I will notify the officers of the change, in reference to the signals. I have no idea that they will attempt to come up the river." LS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
Also on Feb. 26, 1st Lt. Charles P. Dennis, 47th Ohio, wrote to 1st Lt. P. B. Stanberry, adjt. for Brig. Gen. Hugh Ewing. "A Steamer has made its appearance and is running along the Meiss Shore near Warrenton, supposed to be the Ram. Must be a rebel boat or she would be fired at more. One gun was fired before she came in sight." Copy, MH. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman endorsed this letter. "respectfully sent to General Grant" AES, ibid. USG also endorsed this letter. "Forwarded for the information of Admiral Porter." AES, ibid.
Before Vicksburg Feby 27th 1863.
MAJ GENL S. A HURLBUT
COMMD. G 16TH ARMY CORPS
Your Dispatch sent by special Messenger is just received It may be that some of the force is leaving Vicksburg (Miss) but I have no evidence of the fact It is impossible to get information from there. Even deserters who come can tell nothing except of their own regiments or Brigade at furthest It will be well to hold the Division previously orderd in readiness to be moved as in that case if the report should prove true that the enemy are evacuating Vicksburg they could be readily sent by Steamer to Nashville. I also have a force of about two Divisions to come from St Louis which Genl Halleck can change the designation if it [of if] he becomes satisfied that they are more needed with Rosecrans than with me.
If you have not already done so telegraph Genl Halleck the substance of your dispatch to me. It would be well to telegraph Genl Halleck direct all information you receive effecting the safety of other commands
U S GRANT
P. S. It is my desire that the Division to be held in readiness to be brought here should be brought to Memphis without any