Camp Near Vicksburg
I am getting my divisions ready to move once the time comes.
Admiral Porter’s gunboat fleet lies just off the bank near the mouth of the Yazoo River. There, dense forest comes down to the water’s edge. Swamps prevent enemy spies from viewing the preparations from land. As much as possible we have concealed our intentions from the enemy and the newspapers. The enemy has tried to spy from the River, paddling out from Vicksburg under flag of truce, but they can see nothing from there and we currently prevent all traffic from moving on this part of the River.