My wife and family are leaving Vicksburg and traveling to St. Louis. I have accompanied them as far as Cairo and I will head back via Memphis. In Cairo I wrote Gen. Halleck,
CAIRO, ILL., August 23, 1863.
All quiet at Vicksburg. Crocker will lead an expedition against Trinity and Harrisonburg from Natchez, and Stevenson one from Goodrich’s Landing, against Monroe, starting about Wednesday or Thursday next. This, with Steele’s move, I think will clear Louisiana side of the river to mouth of Red River. It is so secure on the river now that I think the Mississippi might be declared opened for through trade. The expedition through Central Mississippi was compelled to burn the cars it had gone to save. The enemy ran them south of Grenada and destroyed the bridges. There were 57 locomotives and about 400 cars. I would like 3,000 sets of horse equipments ordered to Vicksburg to enable me to mount infantry in case of emergency.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 198
O.R., I, xxx, part 3, p 129