fort of nine guns & also their principal Fort, but from this latter he had been forced to fall back owing to support not comeing up in time. Morgan Smith and and his brother wer both wounded the former probably dead 1 When the boat left a fleet was coming up the river, probably Banks. I have news overland of his arrival in New Orleans, and a dispatch today from Genl Halleck says that he is to push up the river. 2
U. S. GRANT,
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 531.
Grants. Hd. Qurs [Jan. 4, 1863]
G M DODGE
am not informed that force at Pontotoc is yet moving think it is not If I ascertain that there is combined movement of Rodys forces & the forces said to be at Pontotoc I will send divission to you if I can as it is now Reported Vicksburg is ours I can send you divission any way. My latest advices from Vicksburg direct are of the twenty ninth there had then been desperate fighting. Shrman had lost about three Thousand (3000) men, killed & wounded but had carried Enemys Rifle Pits & one 1 fort of nine (9) Guns. I hear from citizens that Grenada appeal thirty first (31st says Yankees had Possession of Vicksburg
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 530.