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, 6, 8, 24, 94. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 529-30. On July 22, 1863, 11:30 A. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Yours of the 15th & 18th just recieved. Should Johnston escape & join Bragg the ninth corps must be sent to Rosecrans by quickest route. If not, it may be used elsewhere. Before attempting Mobile, I think it will be best to clean up a little. Johnston should be disposed of; also Price & Marmaduke so as to hold line of Arkansas river; this will enable us to withdraw troops from Missouri; Vicksburg & Port Hudson remodeled so as to be tenable by small garrisons; also assist Genl Banks in cleaning out Western Louisiana. When these things are accomplished, there will be a large available force to operate either on Mobile or Texas. The navy is not ready for co-operation. Should Fort Sumpter fall, Iron clads can be sent to assist at Mobile. Please send copy to Genl Banks." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Telegrams Sent; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Miscellaneous Letters Received; DLC-Nathaniel P. Banks; DLC-USG, V, 6, 8, 24, 94. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 542. See telegram to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, July 15, 1863; letter to Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, July 27, 1863.
Vicksburg July 18th 1863.
GEN. SHERMAN, JACKSON,
It was only on the ground of occupying Jackson for the present that I proposed to spare the cars you had captured. When you leave leave nothing of value for the enemy to carry on war with. I would like the road to be destroyed East of Jackson as far out as possible.
A portion of Grierson's command 1 passed here to-day with rebel officers. 2 The remainder will be up in a day or two and will go on to West Ten. to join their command. Grierson is very anxious to get back there to get his troops together. He has no whole company with him. By having him there I can organize a large cavalry force under his command to make a big raid through the Eastern part of the state or wherever required.
U. S. GRANT