“We have had terrific cannonading all day, without silencing the enemy’s guns”

Unfortunately, the ironclad fleet was unable to do enough damage to the guns of Grand Gulf to permit an infantry assault.  We must find a landing spot further downstream to land our troops.  Adm. Porter ran the transport fleet past Grand Gulf.  I wrote Gen. Sherman to begin the transfer of his corps to the planned embarkation point.

BELOW GRAND GULF, La., April 29, 1863.

Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, Comdg. Fifteenth Army Corps:

We have had terrific cannonading all day, without silencing the enemy’s guns. Finding the position too strong, late in the day I decided to again run the blockade, which has been successfully done.

I shall be able to effect a landing to-morrow, either at the lower end of Grand Gulf or below Bayou Pierre, with all of McClernand’s corps and Logan’s DIVISION. Have also a SECOND DIVISION of McPherson’s command that can be landed next day.

Move up to Perkins’ plantation with two DIVISIONS of your corps as rapidly as possible. Leave the other DIVISION for the present to occupy from Young’s Point to Richmond, and to hasten up supplies and ordnance and Bingham, the public teams and barges, rations ought to get along to supply the army. The cavalry can collect beef-cattle and grain for some little time.

Direct the two regiments of cavalry brought down from Helena to move forward on this line, one to occupy from Richmond to Smith’s plantation and the other to come on to Perkins’ plantation.


The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 8, p 135

O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, p 246

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