Ulysses S. Grant to William T. Sherman
Jackson, Mississippi, 14 May 1863.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page + docket.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Jackson Miss. May 14th 1863.
Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman,
Comd.g 15th Army Corps.
Designate a Brigade from your Command to guard the City, collect
stores & forage and [inserted: collect] all public property of the enemy. The Division from
which such Brigade may be selected will be the last to leave the City. You will direct them
therefore to commence immediately the effectual destruction of Pearl River Rail-Road bridge
and the road as far East as practicable. Also [inserted: destroy] roads North & South.
The 4th Iowa, and a Brigade of Infantry, should be sent East of the river with instructions
for the Cavalry to go on East as far as possible. Troops going East of the river should burn all
C.S.A. Cotton and stores they find.
Head Qrts. Dept of the Tenn.
Jackson Miss May 14, 1863.
Maj Genl Comdg.
Directs Genl W.T. Sherman to
designate a Brigade as guard
for City, which would be the last
to leave the place – also to give
instructions for destruction of the Rail Road: send what troops are
to cross the Pearl River around
the East with orders to burn all
Cotton marked C.S.A.
Recd (15. A.C.) May 15th. 1863