“If Banks does not come to my assistance, I must be re-enforced from elsewhere”

May 29 1863.  It is beginning to look like we will not be reinforced by Gen. Banks as he has launched an assault on Port Hudson.  I wrote Gen. Halleck,

NEAR Vicksburg, May 29, 1863.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

The enemy under Johnston is collecting in large force to attack me and rescue the garrison of Vicksburg. I have had my cavalry and six brigades of infantry out looking after them, and they confirm the report of a large force being collected at Canton.

The number is reported to be 45,000, but may not be so large. If Banks does not come to my assistance, I must be re-enforced from elsewhere. I will avoid surprise, and do the best I can with all the means at hand.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 8, p 283

O.R., I, xxiv, part 1, p 40

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