Communications now being cut off, and the probabilities being that Vicksburg is already in our hands, a change of plans will probably be be adopted and also a change of organization of Army Corps. I would direct therefore that you retain command of the District of Memphis until receipt of orders arranging Army Corps in accordance with the instructions refered to.
I will be glad to hear from you and to learn when the river expedition sailed and any other news you may have to communicate.
I Am Gen.
Your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., 4th Division, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 480-81. See letter to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, Dec. 18, 1862.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Holly Springs Miss. Dec. 25th 1862
COMD. G OFFICER,
EXPEDITION DOWN MISSISSIPPI,
Raids made upon the rail-road to my rear by Forrest Northward from Jackson and by Van Dorn North from the Tallahatchie have cut me off from supplies so that a further advance by this route is perfectly impracticable. The country does not afford supplies for troops and but a limited supply of forage.
I have fallen back with my advance to the Tallahatchie and will only be able to hold the enemy at the Yallabusha by making demonstrations in that direction or towards Columbus and Meredian.
News received here from the South, apparently very reliable,