Gen. Halleck: “Richmond papers of the 5th and 6th say that Sherman has been defeated and repulsed from Vicksburg”

Jan 8 1863.  I received a telegram from Gen. Halleck.  The southern newspapers are reporting that Gen. Sherman has been repulsed at Vicksburg.

Washington, January 7, 1863.

Major-General GRANT, Holly Springs, Miss.:

Richmond papers of the 5th and 6th say that Sherman has been defeated and repulsed from Vicksburg. Every possible effort must be made to re-enforce him. We cannot communicate with Banks, but he has been urged to lose no time in co-operating. Curtis has been directed to give you all he can spare. Take everything you can dispense with in Tennessee and Mississippi. We must not fail in this if within human power to accomplish it.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

 

I replied,

HOLLY SPRINGS, MISS., January 8, 1863- 9.35 p.m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

Scouts just into Corinth from south and east report enemy moving east from Jackson and north on Mobile road, fortifying near Meridian. Have been moving several days. This is not confirmatory of Richmond report. Some of Bragg’s forces are passing south of line of Athens and Nashville road.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 197

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 542, 544

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