Feb 21 1863. I have been informed by Admiral Porter that one of our ships, the Queen of the West, has been captured by the Rebels. I wrote Gen. Sherman,
BEFORE Vicksburg, February 21, 1863.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN,
Comdg. Fifteenth Army Corps:
The enemy having captured one of our arms, with all her armament, and having several other armed vessels below here, makes it necessary for our security to have a battery of Parrott guns below Vicksburg. If practicable, I would like to have this battery placed below Warrenton. In this case the battery should be supported by a brigade of infantry.
There would necessarily be some difficulty in supplying troops there, but as the country will afford forage, and a plank road will be made across the point, in the canal embankment, I think it can be done.
U. S. GRANT.
P. S. -Captain Prime is directed to locate and build the battery required, and roads leading to it.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 345
O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, 61-2