Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in the Field, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 43; O. R. (Navy), I, xxiii, 233.
On July 9, 1862, Brig. Gen. Thomas Williams, "below Vicksburg," wrote to USG. "I'm here with 4 regiments & two batteries co-operating against Vicksburg with the fleets of flag-officers Farragut & Davis. We need a greater land force here. The place cannot be taken by a naval force. A portion of flag-officer Farragut's fleet passed Vicksburg in the morning of June 28, without silencing the batteries. We assisted them with eight rifled field guns from Burney's point. The batteries & town will have to be taken by a land force. Lovell, Van Dorn, Smith, & some three other Generals are at Vicksburg & in its near vicinity. Their force is reported to be from 20 to 30,000. If I had 10,000 additional to my present 2500, I think the place could be taken. Can't you come yourself? My hopes, at present, center in a Canal cut-off. Its nearly ready for the water. If it does not turn the course of of the river, I shall, I think, take a turn at the enemy's batteries anyhow, & try, at least, to spike their guns. Let me hear from you at your earliest leisure, & meanwhile, accept my grateful appreciation of your great success." ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received.
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Memphis [June] 29th 186
To MAJ. GEN. HALLECK
A man thro' from Okolona 1 reports that there are but 3000 at that place, Columbus 2 is being strongly fortified—30,000 men said to be at Abbeyville, 3 intending to march on Lagrange so soon as the Tallahatchee bridge is repaired—this I telegraphed via Columbus, Ky. while the direct line was down.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence;