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#90 - U. S. Grant

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Grant arranges boats for the arrival of Quinby troops
Description                           Estimate: $2,000+          

Civil War-dated ALS signed “U. S. Grant, Maj: Genl,” one page, lightly-lined both sides, 5 x 8, April 14, 1863. Letter to Major General McPherson, in full: “Has any arrangements been made to bring Quinby’s Div. here? I naturally supposed that the transcripts which brought him out of the Pass would bring him down here. If nothing has been done direct him to stop all boats except mail boats going up until he gets enough to bring him down. Commence moving one Div. of your command to this place. Boats enough to move the entire Div. cannot be sent all at once but let the troops come on what boats there are and the same boats can return for the balance.” Grants adds a postscript, “The boat that takes this can be sent directly on for Quinby to be released and go north if Quinby does not require it.” In fine condition. Grant’s mention of a “Pass” is likely in reference to the Yazoo Pass Expedition, a joint operation during the Vicksburg campaign which saw the forces of Grant’s Tennessee Army and David D. Porter’s Mississippi River Squadron attempt to flank rebel troops by navigating through the backwaters of the Mississippi Delta. In large part due to natural obstacles, the expedition was ultimately a failure, with Brigadier General Isaac F. Quinby wisely dismissing any chance of a fourth, futile attempt. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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