Before Vicksburg Feby 27th 1863
MAJ GENL J. B. MCPHERSON
COMMD'G 17TH ARMY CORPS.
There are two more dredge boats comeing down the river I have instructions to Genl Prentiss to stop one of them and instruct them to report to Col Wilson to work in Yazoo pass, the other to report to you at Lake Providence 1 The instructions however may reach Prentiss after the boats have passed If so stop them and turn one back to Delta or Helena to report as indicated above, and keep the other
The ram captured from us by the rebels and the "Webb" came out of Red River and attacked the Indinola and succeeding in capturing her 2 A rebel Flag of Truce is just up from Baton Rouge with exchanged prisoners abroad and report the Indianola sunk
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.