“The rebels have at present a small force over on Silver Creek collecting cattle and negroes and burning cotton”

Gen. Sherman wrote back concerning the rebel guerrillas,

SEPTEMBER 26, 1863.

General GRANT, Vicksburg:

I have the cavalry and can send it out. The cavalry back of Yazoo City is not in camp. Their camp is near Vernon, east of Black River, and they are engaged in getting cattle from the Yazoo. I doubt if we can catch them, but I will try to-morrow afternoon.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

I replied,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Vicksburg, Miss., September 26, 1863.

General SHERMAN:

I was not aware that Vernon was the headquarters of a cavalry division. You may send a brigade of infantry, as you proposed, or as much of it as you deem necessary and all the cavalry that can be spared, and see if we cannot break up their present cavalry arrangements. The rebels have at present a small force over on Silver Creek collecting cattle and negroes and burning cotton. They might be intercepted and their stock taken from them by going down to Yazoo City and return in by the river route. You have studied the geography of the route to be traversed more than I have and can give the specific directions.

U. S. GRANT,
Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 247-48

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

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