“General McClernand has fallen back to White River, and gone on a wild-goose chase to the Post of Arkansas”

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,

Major-General, Commanding.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 209

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 553

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