May 19 1863. Our army has reached the outskirts of Vicksburg. Gen. Sherman’s corps has been able to reach the Mississippi north of the city which will do a great deal to alleviate our supply problems. After the resounding defeats inflicted on the enemy in the last few days, I cannot believe that he will put up much of a fight for Vicksburg. I have therefore ordered a general assault to be made.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 134.
near Vicksburg, MISS., May 19, 1863-11. 16 a. m.
Army corps commanders will push forward carefully, and gain as close position as possible to the enemy’s works until 2 p. m. At that hour they will fire three volleys of artillery from all the pieces in position. This will be the signal for a general charge of all the corps along the whole line.
When the works are carried, guards will be placed by all DIVISION commanders, to prevent their men from straggling from their companies.
By order of Major General U. S. Grant:
JNO. A. RAWLINS.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 8, p 327
O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, p 329