Before Vicksburg, March 11 1863
MAJ GEN. J. B. MCPHERSON
COMM'DG 17TH ARMY CORPS.
Order Mr Hood's cotton restored to him, and also give him authority to ship it to Memphis, and sell, there on his own account. He cannot be authorized to sell this side of Memphis. 1
I think it highly probable a force has been sent up the Yazoo to meet our coming down, but do not think it can amount to anything like the number indicated in your letter. I am anxious, however, to see you in the Yazoo in person, and with all the force you can take in I have sent North for boats, of a class to navigate there and they ought to be in Moon Lake as soon as you are ready to use them.
I do not much think of using by Bayou Macon even if it can be used at this time. It would too much seperate my forces. I told you when your forces were in the Yazoo river to send for Gen Washburne and the Cavalry I have given the order for them to be ready, and to obey your summons without further notice from here. They will probably be on the Coldwater, or at least in Moon Lake when you call for them.
I send you an extract from the Vicksburg Whig of the 5th, which shows that the "Indianola" was destroyed. I also got Vicksburg papers of the 6th and 9th, the latter of which speaks of the total loss of the "Indianola"
There is no doubt of her destruction.
U. S. GRANT