[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.