ur fleets were both above and below the town — it might have been starved out in twenty days, as Grant a year afterwards captured it by starvation of its forces, after he had lost many men in assaultgular revenge for his own conduct was put upon him. He ordered Banks to go to Vicksburg and help Grant conquer it, and he ordered Grant to go to Baton Rouge and help Banks conquer that, and neither oGrant to go to Baton Rouge and help Banks conquer that, and neither of them obeyed him. They evidently took a leaf of disobedience out of his own book.
It may be said in excuse for Halleck's not sending his troops to Vicksburg that the condition of things at WashinVan Dorn and Breckinridge of the enemy, is too small for operations alone, and a junction of Generals Grant and Curtis must give ample force for the reduction of the place.
The disposal of the guerrinything I can aid your operations command me. I have sent a duplicate of this under cover to General Grant for information as well as to General Williams.
I have the honor to be your obedient serv