Wednesday, April 15, 1863

Warrenton, South of Vicksburg

Tomorrow night, Admiral Porter will run the batteries of Vicksburg. This is a dangerous task that may result in destruction of some boats. Admiral Farragut lost several boats running the batteries upstream past Port Hudson. It is less dangerous moving downstream since a disabled boat can drift downstream once it passes the batteries. Once the boats are below Vicksburg, they will be able to stop the flow of supplies from the Red River to much of the Confederacy. However, the boats will be trapped below Vicksburg until we take the City. We are no closer to taking Vicksburg today than we were last December at Chickasaw Bluffs.

I had my men haul several yawl boats out of the canal and brought to Warrenton. Tomorrow night, my men and I will man the yawl boats to give Admiral Porter and his crews whatever aid they may need.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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