Before Vicksburg Feby 27th, 1863.
MAJ GENL W T SHERMAN
COMMD. G 15TH ARMY CORPS,
Admiral Porter has just sent a request that instructions be sent in the morning to the Officer who belonged to the "Queen" now on the "Era" to go down near enough Warrenton to ascertain what there is there will you be kind enough to send this message over The Admiral also sends word that a tug is placed down the river on Pickett duty. Three whistles an interval, and three whistles will indicate a boat comeing up. Six whistles that it is an enemy and nine whistles, interval, and Nine whistles that she shows our light
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Dated Feb. 26, 1863, in Stan. V. Henkels Sale No. 1201, Nov. 2, 1917, p. 4.
Feb.y 27th 1863.
Your letter giving an account of things generally was duly received and I would have answered but expected you down. I wish you would come down by first boat.