Lieutenant-General Grant, care of Major-General Halleck:
General: I got in this morning from Canton, where I left my army in splendid heart and condition.
We reached Jackson February sixth, crossed the Pearl, and passed through Brandon to Morton, where the enemy made dispositions for battle, but fled in the night.
We posted on over all obstacles, and reached Meridian February fourteenth. General Polk, having a railroad to assist him in his retreat, escaped across the Tombigbee on the seventeenth.
We staid at Meridian a week, and made the most complete destruction of the railroads ever beheld — south below Quitman, east to Cuba Station, twenty miles north to Lauderdale Springs, and west all the way back to Jackson.
I could hear nothing of the cavalry force of General William Smith ordered to be there by February tenth.
I inclose by mail this, with a copy of his instructions.
I then began to give back slowly, making a circuit by the north to Canton, where I left the army yeste