calculation u[p]on reaching Vicksburg by any other than Hains Bluff[. ]
As soon as the Admiral can get his gunboats back for service I wil[l] concentrate all my forc[e]s and make a strike.
Finding that we fail in reaching the East bank of the Yazoo upon the route you have gone there is nothing further to do with troops where you are than to guard the gunboats and return when they do.
What difficulty is in the way of reaching the Yazoo by going down the Deer Creek?
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DLC-William T. Sherman. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 127; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiv, 489.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Before Vicksburg, March 23d/63
As you kindly offered me the co-operation of your vessels, and the use of them to transport troops to Warrenton, should I want to send an expedition to destroy their batteries I have determined to take advantage of the offer.
I have directed Gen. Steele to select two Regts. from his command and get them to the opposite side of the peninsula to