come up and see me and I will explain fully. The Tug that takes this is instructed to wait for you.
A full supply of axes will be required.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DLC-William T. Sherman. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman endorsed this letter at 8:00 A. M. on March 16, 1863. "Col Giles H Smith will have the 8th Mo. at the Landing steamer Depot as quick as possible armed & with axes Capt Terry Engrs will supply as many axes as they want—and will send along some Pioneers." AES, ibid. Col. Giles A. Smith acknowledged receipt at 9:15 A. M. AES, ibid. After receiving USG's letter at Young's Point, Sherman conferred with USG at Milliken's Bend; the conference led to the following letter. Memoirs of Gen. W. T. Sherman (4th ed., New York, 1891), 1, 334.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 16th 1863,
MAJ. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN,
COMD. G 15TH ARMY CORPS,
You will proceed as early as practicable up Steele's Bayou and through Black Bayou to Deer Creek and thence with the Gunboats now there by any route they may take to get into the Yazoo river for the purpose ofdetermining the feasability of geting an Army through that route to the East bank of that river and at a point from which they can act advantageously against Vicksburg.
Make such details from your Army Corps as may be required to clear out the channel of the various bayous through which transports would have to run, and to hold such points as, in your judgement, should be occupied.
I place at your disposal to-day the steamers Silver Wave & Diligent, the only two suitable for the present navigation of this