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