Jan 31 1862, Wrote Gen. Halleck, “Enclosed herewith I send you a communication from Gen. Smith containing the latest and most reliable information I have from the upper Tennessee.
“I am quietly making preparations for a move without as yet having created a suspicion even that a move is to be made. Awaiting your instruction which are expected in the morning. I have not made definite plans as to my movement, but expect to start Sunday evening [Feb. 2], taking 15,000 men. I would move by steamers as far as practicable taking but little Cavalry and but little transportation (land) expecting to forward these afterwards.
“I shall go in person and take with me either Gen. McClernand or Gen. Smith to command after my return.
“I will report from this ’til starting by telegraph.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 4, p 122-3
O.R. I, vii, 575