“Six boats and a number of barges ran the Vicksburg batteries last night.”

Apr 23 1863.  We have managed to get more boats past Vicksburg.  I wrote to Gen. Halleck to inform him.

YOUNG’S POINT, La., April 23, 1863,

VIA MEMPHIS, TENN., April 25-1 p. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Six boats and a number of barges ran the Vicksburg batteries last night. All the boats got by more or less damaged. The Tigress sunk at 3 a. m., and is a total loss. Crew all safe. The Moderator was much damaged. I think all the barges went through safely. Colonel C. B. Lagow, of my staff, was on the Tigress, in command of the fleet. Casualties, so far as reported, 2 men mortally wounded, and several (number not known) wounded, more or less severely. About five hundred shots were fired. I look upon this as a great success. At the Warrenton batteries there was heavy firing, but all the boats were seen to go past. What damage done there is not known.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 8, p 111

O.R., I, xxiv, part 1, p 31

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