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en Memphis and Columbus, and from Island Number10, as well as the floating batteries below there, were at once removed; as their remaining only offered inducements to the enemy to attack from the Tennessee side; and the expedition was ordered to Young's point, opposite the mouth of the Yazoo. Grant wrote to Halleck, that he should require a large force in the final struggle, but could dispense with any further reenforcements for the present. He suggested, however, that it would be well to haght desire, was placed under his command at once, so that he had control of both banks of the Mississippi. Forts Henry and Donel son were at the same time transferred to the Department of the Cumberland, leaving Grant the exclusive task of opening and controlling the Mississippi river. On the 29th of January, General Grant arrived in person at Young's point, and, on the 30th, assumed immediate command of the expedition against Vicksburg. McClernand at once protested formally, but in vain.
ers, and lieutenant-colonel on Grant's staff at the period of these operations. Winding through this abnormal region, the Mississippi makes a sudden bend below Young's point, opposite the mouth of the Yazoo, and turning towards the northeast, flows in that direction some four or five miles, till it strikes the Vicksburg hills, cooperating fleet numbered sixty vessels of all classes, carrying two hundred and eighty guns and eight hundred men. The troops composing the expedition were at Young's point and Milliken's bend, and fifty thou. sand in number; they consisted of the Fifteenth and Seventeenth, and part of the Thirteenth corps; these had already o Halleck the plan which he next essayed. It was the last: There is a system of bayous running from Milliken's bend, also from near the river at this point (Young's point), that are navigable for large and small steamers, passing around by Richmond to New Carthage. There is also a good wagon-road from Milliken's bend to New
ove Vicksburg to the steamers below. As soon as the river has fallen sufficiently, you will have a road constructed from Young's point to a landing just below Warrenton, and dispose of your troops accordingly. Every thing depends upon the promptitof the enemy there, and prevent them from sending troops across the river to interrupt our lines from Milliken's bend and Young's point. On the 4th, while the troops were resting on the Big Black, waiting for Sherman and supplies, Grant said to antation should be shortened by every practicable means, and that, when circumstances will admit of it, it shall run from Young's point to a point below Warrenton. Meanwhile, all possible exertions should be made to keep the army supplied by the prportance; and, on the same day, he informed Captain Owens of the navy: A road is now about complete across the point from Young's point to below the Warrenton batteries. This will shorten the route over which supplies have to be drawn, to about eig
's command is at this place. Will move down the river to-day. Should Banks pass Port Hudson, this force will be ready to cooperate on Vicksburg at any time. What may be necessary to reduce the place I do not yet know, but since the late rains I think our troops must get below the city, to be used effectively. General Grant to General Halleck.—(Cipher telegram.) Memphis, January 20, 1863. I found the Mississippi expedition at mouth of Arkansas river, and started them immediately to Young's point. A canal will be at once surveyed and cut. The weather is highly unfavorable for operations. Streams are all very high, and it is still raining. The work of reducing Vicksburg will take time and men, but can be accomplished. Gorman has gone up White river with a great part of his force. So many boats being kept there makes it almost impossible to get transportation for troops. Both banks of the Mississippi should be under one commander, at least during present operations. Ge