Grant’s pulling all the troops that can be spared from northern Mississippi and west Tennessee and sending them down the river. He made up his mind that the way to Vicksburg would be via the river, not overland, and he didn’t hesitate to commit.
MEMPHIS, TENN., January 15, 1863-2.30 a. m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
I will send McArthur’s division (all I have transports for) immediately join the expedition on Vicksburg; send Logan’s in a few days, and hold Quinby ready to embark when called for; abandon the railroad road north from Jackson at once, and move the machine-shop and public stores from that place here, and hold at the troops from Grand Junction around the railroad to Corinth in readiness to be placed on the line from here east. I will go down and take McPherson, leaving Hamilton to command and carry out instructions for those changes in the old District of West Tennessee.
U. S. GRANT,