It is his opinion that the Rebel fortifications at Grand Gulf are strong and getting stronger.

Apr 26 1863.  I visited Adm. Porter aboard the Benton.  It is his opinion that the Rebel fortifications at Grand Gulf are strong and getting stronger.  We must attack soon.  I went straight to Gen. McClernand at Mrs. Perkin’s plantation.  McClernand wanted to wait to launch an attack until his entire corps was present.  I told him time was of the essence and to immediately load both of his divisions that were at the plantation onto the waiting transports.

O.R., I, xxiv, part 1, p 80

Ninety-Eight Days, Grabau, p 88

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