Sunday, December 27, 1863

Lancaster, Ohio

I am taking advantage of a break in activity to visit my family. I am keeping in touch with my commanders.

Major-General GRANT:

Arrived home all safe. Will be at Cairo January 2; Memphis about the 5th. That the Mississippi should be made safe we should have the Fifteenth Corps and the river down to Balize. Will write to Halleck a long letter and send you a copy. If you think you should have McPherson up the Tennessee, I can place some inferior officer at Vicksburg and make up a command for him out of Dodge’s and some other detachments. Let me know about the time you want me back at Huntsville. Saw Anderson at Louisville and arranged for pushing the Decatur road with all possible dispatch.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

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