War of the Rebellion: Serial 036 Page 0036 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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As I shall communicate with Grand Gulf no more, except it becomes necessary to send a train with heavy escort, you may not hear from me again for several days.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Above message was delayed in coming up the river to Memphis.

THOS. T. ECKERT.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, May 11, 1863- 11 a.m.

Major-General GRANT,

via Memphis, Tenn.:

If possible, the forces of yourself and of General Banks should be united between Vicksburg and Port Hudson, so as to attack these places separately with the combined forces. The same thing has been urged upon General Banks.

General Hooker recrossed to the north of the Rappahannock, but he inflicted a greater loss upon the enemy than he received himself.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

RAYMOND, MISS., May 14, 1863-12. 10 p. m.

VIA MEMPHIS, TENN., May -,11 a. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

McPherson took this place on the 12th, after a brisk fight of more than two hours. Our loss, 51 killed and 180 wounded. * Enemy's loss, 75 killed, and buried by us; and 186 prisoners, besides wounded. McPherson is now at Clinton; Sherman on the direct Jackson road, and General McClernand bringing up the rear. I will attack the State capital to-day.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

JACKSON, MISS., May 15, 1863,

VIA MEMPHIS, TENN., May 20-9. 30 a. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

This place fell into our hands yesterday, after a fight of about three hours. Joe Johnston was in command. The enemy retreated north, evidently with the design of joining the Vicksburg forces. I am concentrating my forces at Bolton, to gut them off, if possible. A dispatch from General Banks showed him to be off in Louisiana, not to return to Baton Rouge until May 10. I could not lose the time. I have taken many prisoners from Port Hudson, who state that but one brigade was left there. Port Hudson will be evacuated on the appearance of a force in the rear. I sent a special messenger to General Banks, giving him the substance of the information I had, and asking him to join me as soon as possible. This message was sent on the 10th.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

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*But see revised statement, p. 705.

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