“I am just informed that to insure success of the enterprise against Warrenton, ten or twelve small boats will be required”

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

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