Mississippi Military Situation Concerns President Lincoln

June 7, 1863

Historian Kenneth P. Williams wrote regarding the situation in the Mississippi River valley: “The next day Grant telegraphed to Lincoln: ‘I send by mail letter from General Banks, of June 4.  I am in communication with him.  He has Port Hudson closely invested.’  The President’s specific question went unanswered; he could decide for himself when Bank’s letter came whether that general had done all he could to cooperate against Vicksburg.  Grant would not appraise a fellow department commander if he could avoid it.  But while Grant was giving the president the means of deciding as to Banks, and Halleck was telegraphing to Hurlbut, ‘Please keep me advised on the progress of re-enforcements to General Grant,’ General Blair took it upon himself to give advice and pass judgment on Banks.  To his brother, the Postmaster General, he sent the dispatch: ‘Tell the President to re-enforce this army, as there is great peril.  General Banks declines to co-operate with General Grant.’”

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