Before Vicksburg March 16 1863
ADMIRAL D D. PORTER
COMM'DG MISS SQUADRON
I sent to day one boat with soldiers and send to-morrow two more, all I have suited to that navigation.
I will send in the morning troops to the Bayou where it approaches the Mississippi the nearest which will have to be ferried up with the boats there. This will give you seven or eight hundred troops on arrivals of the boats, and all you ask as fast as they can be taken up from the point designated
All the cooking utensils and rations for the command will be taken on the boat that goes directly through so that there will be nothing but men to embark at the midway point
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On March 16, 1863, Act. Rear Admiral David D. Porter, Steele's Bayou, wrote to USG. "The boats ahead, got up before me, and improvidently went in before the Bayou was clear. The work has not been very hard, and we are within a quarter of a mile of 'Deer Creek,' but it isindispensible that we should have at least three thousand troops at once to hold our present position. If the enemy were to throw in troops, they could stop our work, and put us in a very tight place. I want to see the Soldiers! Please send them at once, if with only one day's rations. The work is quite practicable, tho' it looks bad before the boats go through. Yours in haste. —At present the head boats are stuck between the trees. The Champion got up here without the Mortars. The Benten cannot come through unless the place is cleared more than it is at present" LS, ibid., Letters Received. O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 480-81.
Also on March 16, USG wrote a note addressed to "Gen.," probably intended for Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. "Read the enclosed note to Admiral Porter and enclose it in another envelope for him. It is in answer to the enclosed just received.... P. S. I am sending the balance of Stuarts Div." ANS, Winterthur Mss., Eleutherian Mills Historical Library, Greenville, Del.