I regret not having a force now to move against Mobile with. I am confident that Mobile could now be taken with a comparatively small force. At least a demonstration in that direction would either result in the abandonment of the city or force the enemy to weaken Braggs Army to hold it. I see by a paper published at Meridian Miss. that Gen. Jo Johnston has been relieved from duty.
There is no Infantry force to my front now except Lorings Division. A portion of the Cavalry has also been withdrawn. Logan & Wirt Adams infest the country from about Rodney to Port Hudson. I shall put my Cavalry in that country in a few days and endeavor to clear them out. 3
I am just out of bed and find that I can write only with great difficulty. During the twenty days that I have been confined to one position, on my back, I have apparently been in the most perfect health. But now that I am up, on crutches, I find myself very weak. 4
U. S. GRANT
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, xxx, part 3, 841.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Vicksburg Miss. Sept. 25th 1863.
CAPT. PEARCE A. Q. M.
Mrs. Wright has just called representing that our troops on coming to this place rifled her house completely not leaving any