Lot #26
U. S. Grant

Grant updates McPherson: “On my return to Vicksburg to-day I will send up boats enough to bring down Quinby’s Division”
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Grant updates McPherson: “On my return to Vicksburg to-day I will send up boats enough to bring down Quinby’s Division”

Civil War–dated ALS signed “U. S. Grant, Maj. Gen.,” one page, 7.75 x 6.5, Lake Providence, Louisiana, February 13, 1863. Letter to Major General James B. McPherson. In full: “On my return to Vicksburg to-day I will send up boats enough to bring down Quinby’s Division. When you arrive at Lake Providence retain all boats brought with you unless it is necessary to send them back after troops or stores.” Intersecting folds and a neatly repaired thin diagonal tear, otherwise fine condition. This letter comes from the period Grant’s Bayou Operations in early 1863, in which he attempted to use or construct alternative waterways to position troops within striking distance of Vicksburg. McPherson would soon begin working to build a canal connecting the Mississippi to Lake Providence, allowing access to the Red River; he declared the canal navigable in mid March, but the boats sent to Grant were insufficient to move troops in the large quantities he desired. Highly desirable wartime content from the Vicksburg Campaign. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #444 - Ended January 14, 2015





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