There are but very few people here and those few will have to leave soon. People about Vicksburg have not seen War yet, or at least not the suffering brought on by war.
I have received no line from you yet. I feel very anxious to hear from the children. Tell Fred and Buck they must write at least one letter each week to you or me.
Kisses for yourself and Jess.
When do you think of starting on your trip to Ohio? You ought to start soon or you will not be able to go this Fall.
Chattanooga 8 P M. Oct 28 63
MAJ. GEN HALLECK WASHINGTON.
Gen Thomas' plan for securing the river and south side road hence to Bridgeport has proven iminently successful. The question of supplies may now be regarded as settled. If the rebels give us one week more time I think all danger of losing territory now held by us will have passed away, and preparations may commence for offensive opperations
U S. GRANT
Telegram received (incomplete), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxi, part 1, 56. On Oct. 27, 1863, 9:00 A. M., USG had telegraphed to Lt. Col. James H. Wilson, Bridgeport, Ala. "Telegraph me progress made by Gen Hooker's expedition Also ask the General to say what he may require to insure success in order that you may let me know his exact wants. Gen Hooker will of course telegraph Gen Thomas for all he requires but by me being informed also, additional facilities may be given." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. On the same day, Lt. Col. William G. Le Duc, q. m., 11th Army Corps, telegraphed to USG. "Your dispatch to Lt. Co'l. Wilson of date 27th