“My design is to get such information from them as I find impossible to get here.”

Jan 16 1863.  I notified Gen. Halleck that I am going to Napoleon, Arkansas to visit Gen. McClernand’s command to ascertain his fitness to lead the expedition to Vicksburg.

MEMPHIS, TENN., January 1[6], 1863-4.30 p. m.

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

I start immediately to the fleet. My design is to get such information from them as I find impossible to get here. I will return here in a few days, and in the mean time re-enforcements will be forwarded with all dispatch.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 227-8

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 570

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