Before Vicksburgh, Feby 2nd 1863
BRIG. GENL. J. C. VEATCH
COMD'G DIS'T OF MEMPHIS
Hereafter I will send all telegraphic dispatches and important letters for Washington to your care.
I wish you to see that dispatches get off promptly from Memphis if the lines are working, if not send them to Cairo to be telegraphed from there
One of our Rams run the blockade this morning, and will prove a great annoyance to the enemy 1
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
Before Vicksburgh, Feby 2nd 1863.
COL. GEO. W. DEITZLER.
COMD'G EXPEDITION TO LAKE PROVIDENCE.
Collect as many able bodied negro men as you can conveniently carry on your transports, and send them here to be employed on the canal.