GENERAL: In view of the probable fact that Jeff. Davis will attempt to cross the Mississippi between Vicksburg and New Orleans, I send you the Third U.S. Colored Cavalry, under Brevet Brigadier-General Osband. By reason of the overflowing condition of the country from Vicksburg to this point, it seems rather improbable that he will attempt to cross above Vicksburg, though it would not be strange if he should run out of the Yazoo, as he could easily seize one or all of the numerous trading boats up there for that purpose. It looks to me as though the most likely point of crossing would be between Vicksburg and Natchez, probably in the neighborhood of Rodney.
P.S. - The steamer John Raine, which will take these troops, I wish you would order back as soon as possible, as she is much wanted here.
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