Mar 21 1863. I sent the following response to Adm. Farragut’s request for coal.
BEFORE Vicksburg, March 21, 1863.
Admiral D. G. FARRAGUT, Comdg. Gulf Squadron:
Hearing nothing from Admiral Porter, I have determined to send you a barge of coal from here. The barge will be cast adrift from the upper end of the canal at 10 o’clock to-night. Troops on the opposite side of the point will be on the lookout, and, should the barge run into the eddy, will start it adrift again.
Admiral Porter is in Deer Creek, or possibly in the Yazoo, below Yazoo City. I hope to hear from him this evening. As soon as I do, I will prepare dispatches for General Banks, and forward them to you. I have sent a force into the Yazoo River by the way of Yazoo Pass. Hearing of this force at Greenwood, MISS., and learning that the enemy were detaching a large force from Vicksburg to go and meet them, determined Admiral Porter to attempt to get gunboats in the rear of the enemy. I hope to hear of the success of this enterprise soon.
U. S. GRANT.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 443
O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, p 123