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, 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,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 227-8
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 570