“Water in the canal is 5 feet deep, and river rising.”

Jan 29 1863.  Arriving at Vicksburg, I gave an update to Gen. Halleck on the condition of the canal project.

Vicksburg, MISS.,

January 29, 1863-5 p. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,


Water in the canal is 5 feet deep, and river rising. There is no wash, however, and no signs of its enlarging. I will let the water in from the Yazoo up, and try the effect. I have ordered troops from Helena, escorted by a gunboat, the whole in charge of Colonel Wilson, topographical engineer, to cut the levee across Yazoo Pass, and to explore through to the Coldwater, if possible.




The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 254

O.R., I, xxiv, part 1, 10

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