To Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson
[Dec. 31, 1862]
MAJ GEN J B MCPHERSON
I saw a man who said he had heard somebody else say that
some one he had forgotten who, had seen somebody else who
had seen a Copy of the Chicago Times of the 27th which said
that Lee was near Washington Halleck was removed the place
offered to McClellan Cabinet dissolved
1 and things generally in
confusion. I received a dispatch from Halleck dated Washington
Dec 27th, 12.30 P. M signed General-in-Chief.
2 Sullivan is out
after Forrest and is supposed to have him in a tight place. The
Tennessee river has risen and our troops from Corinth and probably from Fort Henry have destroyed all the flats on the river.
Cars will be running to Memphis by the 3rd and to Columbus by
the 12th Jany Any news I get I will send to you for distribution
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
Only this portion of the news had any validity: both Secretary of State
William H. Seward and Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase had resigned.
By Dec. 22, 1862, both had agreed to resume their duties. Lincoln, Works, VI,
Probably the telegram of Dec. 27 from Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck to
Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut. "Memphis must be held at all hazards. I have
asked General Curtis to re-enforce you. Endeavor to communicate with General
Grant; also with gunboats down the river. There are none above." O. R., I, xvii,
part 2, 496.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1979.
Page number: 150.
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