Before Vicksburg 12 M Feby 9th 
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
The continuous rise in the River has kept the army busy to keep out of water and much retarded work on the Canal. I hope to be able to say something definite in a day or so of the practicability of the other route mentioned in previous despatches
U. S. GRANT
Maj Gen'l Com'dg
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 94. O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 17.
Before Vicksburg Feb 9, 1863.
MAJ GENL S A HURLBUT
COMMDG 16TH ARMY CORPS
Enclosed with this I send you copy of instructions left with Genl Hamilton whilst he was in command of the District of West Tennessee. I wish these instructions carried out
Keep me informed as often as practicable of the condition of affairs within your command, and especially should any formidable move be made towards any part of your lines let me know it.
It is of the utmost importance that all the rolling stock of the road should be got on to the road from Memphis Corinth should be supplied with provisions and forage to last them until the roads can be reasonably expected to be passable in the Spring, so that should it become necessary to abandon all the Mississippi road north of Grand Junction no inconvenience will be felt.