Camp on the Big Black River, Near Vicksburg, Mississippi
When we destroyed the railroad at Jackson, we cut off a number of locomotives and cars on the railroads between Jackson and Memphis. General Hurlbut will send cavalry down from Memphis and I will send cavalry from here up the railroad. We will send the locomotives and rolling stock into Memphis, unless the rebels destroy them before we arrive.
HEADQUARTERS, Fifteenth Army Corp, Camp on the Big Black River
August 4, 1863
Major-General GRANT, Vicksburg:
I can make up a party of about 1,000 cavalry to go up to Grenada. I would suggest that a gunboat and one light transport go to Yazoo City with provisions, to communicate with this cavalry and await its return; that the officer in command be ordered to strike the railroad above the bridge and follow it to Grenada. The bridge at Grenada to be burned, so that the locomotives and cars can alone be taken northward. If you think proper, the road could be repaired from Memphis to Grenada, and all these cars taken to Memphis, and our cavalry could go into Memphis and return by water.
Grant and I clear up some confusion in the orders:
Vicksburg, MISS., August 4, 1863
Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN:
GENERAL: I had determined to direct Hurlbut to send a force down the Mississippi and Memphis road, and if there would not be too much labor in repairing the road, to collect all the rolling-stock cut off from the south and take it into Memphis. I think, therefore, two or three days hence will be early enough for our cavalry to start. The bridges at Grenada must not be destroyed; otherwise the rolling-stock on the Central road cannot be gotten on the other.
U. S. GRANT.
HDQRS. Fifteenth A. C., Camp, August 4, 1863
I will order my cavalry to be ready on short notice, subject to your orders.
I did not propose to burn the Grenada bridge until after the locomotives and cars were above the Yalabusha. I think the Yalabusha is as far as the Memphis forces should attempt to operate south. All below that point will be of no importance to us in a military sense. The Yazoo country will hereafter be absolutely at our mercy, with water communication.
All quiet here as Sunday, and I begin to feel like doing something, but until recruits arrive, and our furloughed men get back, I suppose we had better keep quiet.