“much more work is to be done to make it navigable”

In traveling between Milliken’s Bend and New Carthage, LA, I noted that the route through the bayous was very treacherous.  All of the supplies for the Army of the Tennessee must pass through this route to avoid the guns of Vicksburg.  The road must be improved.  I sent a letter to Lt. Col. Rawlins, directing him to assign this task to Gen. McPherson.

Richmond Louisiana

April 17th 1863.

Lt. Col. J. A. Rawlins A. A. Gen Dept. of the Ten. Col.
Riding along the bayou through which a channel must be made teaches that much more work is to be done to make it navigable. Instruct Prime & Pride to call for all the force they can possibly work and distribute them to the best advantage. Call on McPherson to ride over the road himself and put that in the best order he can and also give every assistance to clearing out the bayou. Pride should have every saw that it is possible to rig at work with men enough to keep them constantly going.

Very respectfully

U. S. Grant

Maj. Gen. Com


The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 8, p 87-88

Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia PA

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