Friday, January 25, 2013

January 25, 1863: Halleck and Grant (mis)communicate

WASHINGTON, D.C.,

January 25, 1863.

Major-General GRANT,

Memphis, Tenn.:

Direct your attention particularly to the canal proposed across the point. The President attaches much importance to this.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.,

January 25, 1863.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

I leave for the fleet at Vicksburg to-morrow. Since leaving there, one week ago, I have not had one word from them. The constant rains and tremendous rise in the river may operate against us for the time being.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

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