there for Johnston. Herron has gone to Yazoo City to break up that place. On his return I can send you Kimballs Division if you want it.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 508. On July 13, 1863, Brig. Gen. John McArthur telegraphed to USG. "My Command moved from here this morning at five oclock Chambers brigade crossed at Messengers ferry will join us at Edwards Depot. I have left an officer to post the other troops as they arrive." Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Vicksburg Miss, July 14th 1863.
MAJ. GEN. HERRON,
COMD. G YAZOO EXPEDITION,
You may remain in Yazoo City as long as Admiral Porter thinks it necessary to save all that can be saved from the sunken gunboat, or leave such a force as may be necessary for the protection of those engaged in that work and return with the balance of your command.
Bring with you such Government stores as you can and destroy all others. You may bring also the cotton mentioned in your letter and particularly bring all the negro men you can.
I do not want you to remain longer at Yazoo City than may be absolutely necessary because it may become necessary for me to send all the forces that can be possibly spared to Jackson.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
P. S. Two Regiments will be enough to leave at Yazoo City while