“I am told that there is a small camp of rebel cavalry near Benton, committing depredations”

Sept 26 1863.  I have received a report of rebel guerrillas raiding near the Yazoo River.  I wrote Gen. Sherman,

VICKSBURG, MISS., September 26, 1863.

General SHERMAN:

I am told that there is a small camp of rebel cavalry near Benton, committing depredations. Have you got 300 or 400 fresh cavalry to send in there rapidly, to try and pick them up. I think they should start in the afternoon and travel at night so as to come upon them early in the morning. They might then go down to Yazoo City and return by way of Satartia.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 246-47

O.R., I, xxx, part 3, p 866

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