When General Grant arrived at Vicksburg he established his headquarters in a wood frame house northeast of the Old Graveyard Road. During the night of May 21-22 he was aroused from his sleep as soldiers, not knowing the General was inside, started removing boards and timbers from the exterior. Although at first upset, Grant, upon learning the reason for the dismantling, soon gave his approval for the troops to continue their efforts. The materials were used to construct planks and scaling ladders for the attack against the Stockade Redan on May 22. The general used a tent for his quarters for the remainder of the siege.
Grant's Circle (Battle Summaries)