January 25, 1863. The weather is hampering our operations against Vicksburg. I will travel there myself to see firsthand. I wrote Gen. Halleck,
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
I leave for the fleet at Vicksburg to-morrow. Since leaving there, one week ago, I have not had one word from them. The constant rains and tremendous rise in the river may operate against us for the time being.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 250
O.R., I, xxiv, part 1, p 10