Head Quarters, Dist. of West Tenn.,
Memphis, July 2, 1862.
FLAG OFFICER C. H. DAVIS,
COMDG. WESTERN FLOTILLA,
OFF VICKSBURG, MISS.
Yours, also letter from Flag Officer Farragut, is just received. The latter I will telegraph immediately to Gen. Halleck.
Troops I know cannot be sent from here immediately, certainly not until they can be brought from points further east. If the cheering news just arrived however should prove true I do not doubt but that sufficient forces could be spared from La Grange and Corinth to possess and hold Vicksburg. The information is that McClellan has taken Richmond with 50,000 prisoners. 1
I am, very respectfully
Your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT,
Copy, DNA, RG 45, Area 5, Letters Supplied by Capt. Charles H. Davis, May 14, 1902. On June 30, 1862, Flag Officer Charles H. Davis wrote to USG. "I have received a communication from Commodore Farragut, saying that it will be absolutely necessary to have additional troops to occupy Vicksburgh, after the batteries are silenced. May I request you to communicate this to General Halleck." Copy, ibid., Letterbook of Charles H. Davis. O. R. (Navy), I, xxiii, 232-33; ibid., I, xviii, 593. On July 3, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck answered in a telegram to Flag Officer David G. Farragut. "The scattered & weakened Condition of my forces renders it impossible for me at the present to detach any troops to cooperate with you on Vicksburg probably I shall be able to do so as soon as I can get my troops more concentrated. this may delay the clearing of the River but its accomplishment will be certain in a few weeks—Allow me to congratulate you on your great success" Telegram received, DNA, RG 45, Area 5, Letters Supplied by Capt. Charles H. Davis, May 14, 1902.