Friday, May 29, 1863

The siege of Vicksburg continues. General Grant getting some larger guns from the Navy to shell Vicksburg from the land.

LAKE’S LANDING, MISSISSIPPI, May 29, 1863

Rear-Admiral DAVID D. PORTER, Comdg. MISS., Squadron:

Will you have the goodness to order the Marine Brigade to Haynes’ Bluff, with directions to disembark and remain in occupation until I can relieve them by other troops? I have also to request that you put at the disposal of Major Lyford, chief of ordnance, two siege guns, ammunition, and implements complete, to be placed to the rear of Vicksburg. After they are in battery, and ready for use, I should be pleased to have them manned by crews from your fleet.

U. S. GRANT.

FLAG-SHIP BLACK HAWK, May 29, 1863.

General GRANT:

DEAR GENERAL: The brigade will leave for Haynes’ Bluff early in the morning. I have not a 9-inch gun here- not anything larger than a 32-pounder, excepting one 10-inch gun with shell. This would require too much work to mount it, on account of pivot-bolts, &c. I am fitting it on a mortar-boat, to throw shells into the pits in front of Sherman. I ordered two 9-inch guns sent to General McArthur at Warrenton. They are there now, on board the Tuscumbia, ready to be delivered. The difficulty will be in hauling them so far, though, perhaps, they may be in a better place for your purposes. I have six 8-inch guns on the Manitou, which vessel is now at Yazoo City. The moment she arrives, I will direct her commander to land the guns, and send to Cairo at once for more 9-inch guns.

Very respectfully,

DAVID D. PORTER

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