Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Before Vicksburg, March 13th 1863
GEN. B. M. PRENTISS
COMD. G DIST. E. ARK.
You are doing perfectly right, and are carrying out previous instructions, by holding the pass from the Mississippi into Coldwater. Being near the entrance I want you to supply everything to the command they require. Rations and coal may be required soon. If so send them without delay.
Give me all the news you receive from the Yazoo expedition promptly and direct without sending through the Army Corps Commander.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, Mrs. Leah G. Carter, Bethany, Mo. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 105. On March 10, 1863, Maj. Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss, Helena, wrote to USG. "I have the honor to enclose to you herewith copies of the despatches received by me last night from Brig. Gen. Ross commanding the Yazoo Expedition—I have furnished copies of the same to Brig. Gen. Quinby for his information and guidance, and have proffered him all the assistance in my power for the furtherance of his expedition—I send you copies of Gen. Ross' communications as the best report I can make of the progress of his movement—" LS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. Prentiss enclosed letters of March 7 and 8 from Brig. Gen. Leonard F. Ross. Copies, ibid. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 393-95. On March 11, Prentiss wrote to USG. "States sending out 500 men to break camp of Rebel reported between Big & sick Rivers and that no considerable party are there." DLC-USG, V, 21; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Register of Letters Received.
On March 2, Ross wrote to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins requesting a leave of absence for sixty days to attend to private business. ALS, ibid., RG 94, ACP, R154 CB 1863. On March 14, USG endorsed this letter. "Approved and respectfully forwarded to Headquarters of the Army, Washington, D. C." ES, ibid. On March 30, Col. Edward D. Townsend, AGO, wrote to USG. "The Application for a leave of absence for Brigadeir General Leonard F. Ross has been submitted to the General in Chief and in reply he directs me to say that it cannot, at this time,