Youngs Point, La.
Jan. 28th 9 P M./63
We have just arrived here all safe and well, but being after dusk and the troops ashore will not learn anything of the situation of affairs until morning.
If I find that I shall not go back to Memphis until the reduction of Vicksburg is attempted I will write to you so that you can go and make the children a visit. —The trip, with nothing to bother me, makes me feel well. The living on the boat is very fine and my appetite good. The Capt. and owner of the boat is Capt. Shinkle of Covington Ky. 1
Kiss Jess for me.
Jany 29th 1863 5. P M
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
Water in the canal is five feet deep and river rising There is no wash however and no signs of its enlarging. I will let the water in from the Yazoo up and try the effect. I have ordered troops from Helena escorted by a Gunboat—the whole in charge of Colonel Wilson Topographical Engineer to cut the Levee