August 8, 1863: Grant wants Mobile

Ulysses S. Grant

Grant is ready to take Mobile, and he appeals to Halleck to let him start on it.

Official Records:

Major-General HALLECK,

Everything indicates a withdrawal of Kirby Smith’s troops to Natchitoches and Shreveport. Mobile can be taken from the Gulf Department, with only one or two gunboats to protect the debarkation. I can send the necessary force. With your leave, I would like to visit New Orleans, particularly if the movement against Mobile is authorized.


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