Ulysses Simpson Grant to Lorenzo Thomas, Vicksburg, MS, June 16, 1863, in Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), 7: 175.
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events (1864).
OFFICIAL REPORT OF GENERAL DENNIS HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE NEAR Vicksburg June 16, 1863. GENERAL: Herewith I have the honor of inclosing Brigadier General E. S. Dennis's report of the battle of Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, fought on the seventh day of June, 1863, together with the list of casualties. In this battle most of the troops engaged were Africans, who had but little experience in the use of fire-arms. Their conduct is said, however, to have been most gallant, and I doubt not, with good officers, they will make good troops. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, U. S. Grant. Major General