It seems as though Gen. Johnston is going to wait for reinforcements before attempting to relieve the siege of Vicksburg. This should give us enough time to take the city. I wrote Gen. Halleck,
NEAR Vicksburg, MISS., June 27, 1863.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Joe Johnston has postponed his attack until he can receive 10,000 re-enforcements, now on their way from Bragg’s army. They are expected early next week. I feel strong enough against this increase, and do not despair of having Vicksburg before they arrive. This latter, however, I may be disappointed in. I may have to abandon protection to the leased plantations from here to Lake Providence, to resist a threat from Kirby Smith’s troops. The location of these leased plantations was most unfortunate, and against my judgment. I wanted them put north of the White River.
U. S. GRANT,
O.R., I, xxiv, part 1, p 43-4