night reached its destination or not. Hoping that this coal reached you all right
I remain, Very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 45, Area 5. O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, 126. On March 22, 1863, Rear Admiral David G. Farragut wrote to USG. "I have just received your several communications, & one for Genl. Banks, which I hope to be able to convey to him in the course of a few days—as I will probably leave here tomorrow or the next day at furthest—I regret that I did not see Admiral Porter as he no doubt would have sent down at least 2 of Genl. Ellet's Rams. The two Rams & one Iron Clad would make the Blockade of Red River complete—there are only two Boats fitted as Rams—the Queen of the West & Webb—there are also the Beaty & another River Boat fitted with Cotton Bales for the purpose of Boarding our Gun Boats but carry no guns—The Webb is at Alexandria repairing & the Queen of the West is now in the atchaphalia—the moment we have the mouth of the River they transport all their provisions for Vicksburg & Port Hudson across the River to Angola place & then they travel up to this place by land—I had hoped to have sufficient force, not to disturb the admiral, but as my vessels failed to get past Port Hudson in fact I know one was hurt & I find it reported that another was sunk, but this loss I do not believe—My services are so important below that I shall be compelled to return to New Orleans & the coast very soon—I still cherish the hope that I will find some one of my Gallant fellows at the mouth of Red River, which will enable me to leave soon—I know that Genl Banks does not think he has sufficient force to attack Port Hudson with any chance of success. Wishing you every success in your difficult opperations I again tender you my thanks," ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, 125; O. R. (Navy), I, xx, 9-10.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 23d /63
MAJ. GEN. N. P. BANKS,
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE GULF,
PORT HUDSON LA,
Your communication of the 13th inst. per Admiral Farragut was duly received.