Jan 11 1863. Gen. McClernand has taken his troops earmarked for Vicksburg and has taken them into Arkansas. McClernand is a friend of the President and must be handled carefully, but his actions have endangered our advance. I sent a telegram to Gen. Halleck,
MEMPHIS, TENN., January 11, 1863-3.30 p. m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
General McClernand has fallen back to White River, and gone on a wild-goose chase to the Post of Arkansas. I am ready to ready to re-enforce, but must await further information before knowing what to do.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 209
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 553