March 9th 1863.
ADMIRAL D. D. PORTER,
COMD. G MISS SQUADRON,
Three men from Vicksburg are just in and brought with them Vicksburg papers of the 6th & 7th. The former of these dates I have but the officer of the Day retained the latter. It contains I understand a full account of the capture and total destruction of the "Indianola."
I have sent for this paper and when received will send it to you.
U. S. GRANT
On March 7, 1863, Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter wrote to USG. "Will you be kind enough to have the enclosed telegraph to the Hon. Secretary of the Navy, put into cipher, and forwarded. By so doing you would oblige." LS, DNA, RG 45, Correspondence of David D. Porter, Mississippi Squadron, General Letters (Press). On the same day, Porter telegraphed to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. "We know pretty positively that the Indianola was too much damaged to be used offensively at once, but they might in the course of a month be able to operate against the fleet below. Any vessel with a ram could easily destroy her if she is not already blown up. She is a weak vessel. If she exists, I hope to have her before a month is over." O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 89 ; O.R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 392.
Before Vicksburg, March 9, 1863
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT
COM'D'G 16TH ARMY CORPS.
I send Col. Dickey commanding Cavalry Division, to report to you. I have explained to Col. Dickey, verbally, that I want the available in the next few weeks for heavy service.