number of pages to each letter to be in proportion with the number in the book of 'Letters Received' Send bill direct to these Head Quarters and the amount will be promptly remitted to you." Copies, ibid.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 29th 1863
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
GEN. IN CHIEF, WASHINGTON D. C.
I have been very particular to write and telegraph often even when there was nothing important to say knowing that you would feel anxious to be constantly posted. The letters I presume reach but the dispatches must in many instances have failed.
In regard to sending back boats from hereI gave and reiterated the order to Gen. McClernand to do so before leaving Memphis. On my arrival however I found the river rising so rapidly that there was no telling what moment all hands might be driven to the boats. As soon as this danger was passed so many boats were released that I could have moved but a small force at one time.
I wrote you fully on the subject of the Yazoo expedition a few days ago.
If you do not receive at least one letter and two dispatches per week from me Gen. be assured that some of them miscarry. In addition I will telegraph as often as anything may occur of any importance.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com