ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 133.
Before Vicksburgh March 23 1863
MAJ GEN F. STEELE
COMM'DG 1ST DIVISION 15TH ARMY CORPS
This is bad day for troops to be out but may be the more propitious for the plan of yesterday for all that. I have no special instructions to send further than to effectualy destroy the enemy's batteries at Warrenton and return to camp. I have written to Admiral Farragut informing him that this expedition might be looked for if possible for them to reach the other side of the point. I told him furthur the limited instructions from me and that suggestions from him would be gladly received by the commanding Officer. If not already prepared for starting these troops should be got ready as soon as possible
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 19, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 133.
Before Vicksburgh March 23d 1863
BRIG GEN J. F. QUINBY
COMM'DG. YAZOO EXPEDITION
Learning of the slow progress in getting small steamers suitable for your expedition, I wrote to Gen McPherson to collect