Mar 25 1863. To aid Adm. Farragut in the attack on Warrenton, we will need a way to shuttle troops across the river. I wrote to Gen. Ellet, commander of the Marine Brigade, to run boats past the batteries of Vicksburg to provide that transport. I had hoped this would be accomplished last night, but I have not yet heard the result of this mission.
Brigadier-General ELLET, Comdg. Marine Brigade:
I am just informed that to insure success of the enterprise against Warrenton, ten or twelve small boats will be required. May I request that you furnish that number? If it is intended to send a ram past Vicksburg to-night, they could be sent by her; if not, by sending them down the canal to-night to the lower end, Colonel Woods, who will command the expedition, and who is now there, will get them. I will see that these boats are returned.
U. S. GRANT.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 469-70
O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, 136