I am returning to Cairo after my meeting with Gen. Halleck proposing to advance on Ft. Henry.
“I had known General Halleck but very slightly in the old army, not having met him either at West Point or during the Mexican War. I was received with so little cordiality that I perhaps stated the object of my visit with less clearness than I might have done, and i had not uttered many sentences before I was cut short as if my plan was preposterous. I returned to Cairo very much crestfallen.”
Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Chpt XXI, p 190