“I will start for Memphis immediately, and will do everything possible for the capture of Vicksburg.”

Jan 10 1863.  I am personally taking command of the expedition to Vicksburg.  I sent a telegram to Gen. Halleck,

LA GRANGE, TENN., January 9, 1863-1 p.m.

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

Sherman has returned to Napoleon. His loss was small. Will send you the particulars as soon as learned. I will start for Memphis immediately, and will do everything possible for the capture of Vicksburg.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 204

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 603

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