Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 2d 1863.
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT
COMD. G 16TH ARMY CORPS,
Break up all your garrisons North of Jackson as soon as possible and hold all your surplus forces in the vicinity of Germantown, or nearer Memphis if you think proper, in readiness to be ordered here should they be required. 1 Do not weaken Corinth however and only abandon Jackson Bolivar & Bethel when you are satisfied that these forces will be required to hold your East & West line.
The rolling stock should be got over South of the break before abandoning the Northern parts if there is any immediate prospect of geting the road completed.
I am Gen. Very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 80.
On March 2, 1863, Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut wrote to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Scouts just arrived from below at LaGrange report that part of the Rebel forces have already left Vicksburgh—Some have gone South. Tilghman's command to Granada, 31st Mississippi Col. Orr to Yazoo City—Some troops have also gone from Vicksburgh to Jackson on line of Pearl River—Several Regiments have gone by way of Selma to fortify the crossing of Tombigbee River. 80 mounted Infantry and two Hundred Infantry from Corinth went to the GunBoats on Tennessee. Have destroyed all flats & ferries for many miles on the River—Captured one Captain one Lieut. twenty men—forty horses and a large number of arms & broken up a dangerous gang. The Tennessee is as high as ever known. The delays about the Rail Road are very annoying. Col Webster now reports that he will not be able to run trains before the 7th. As soon as this is done I will execute the orders in relation to abandoning the Road as far as Jackson. This will require where done a force of Cavalry at Columbus & I am waiting for the Regiment of Cavalry which was promised by the Major General. No news of any moment here—" ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 81.