Hoping that you may soon be restored to health and duty with me again in the field I remain
Your's obed serv
U S GRANT
Copies, DNA, RG 94, Personal Papers, Medical Officers and Physicians, Holston; ibid., ACP, H 83 CB 1863. On Jan. 23, 1863, Surgeon John G. F. Holston wrote to USG. "Being relieved of all duty, without a fresh assignment, and being completely worn down, body & mind, through hard labour, in my Department I have the honour to present the within, certificate of disability, approved by the highest medical authorities—and in reference thereto ask sick leave for 30 days and that I have leave to report to the Surg. Genrl. at Washington or the Asst. Surg. Genrl. St. Louis. Added, my warmest thanks, for many acts of kindness & craving God's blessing on you & yours" ALS, ibid., Personal Papers, Medical Officers and Physicians, Holston.
Jany 25th 1. P. M 1863
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
I leave for the fleet at Vicksburg tomorrow. 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
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 10.
Also on Jan. 25, 1863, USG wrote to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson. "In view of the present rise of water it is uncertain whether troops can land opposite Vicksburg where their services are now wanted I would therefore direct that Genl Logans'. Division await further orders here before embarking I will go down myself in the morning and if it is found practicable to use the troops advantageously below will send back orders for them immediately" Copies, DLC‐