Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 6.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

Major General Grant Executive Mansion,
My dear General Washington, July 13, 1863.

I do not remember that you and I ever met personally. I write this now as a grateful acknowledgment for the almost inestimable service you have done the country. I wish to say a word further. When you first reached the vicinity of Vicksburg, I thought you should do, what you finally did---march the troops across the neck, run the batteries with the transports, and thus go below; and I never had any faith, except a general hope that you knew better than I, that the Yazoo Pass expedition, and the like, could succeed. When you got below, and took Port- -Gibson, Grand Gulf, and vicinity, I thought you should go down the river and join Gen. Banks; and when you turned Northward East of the Big Black, I feared it was a mistake. I now wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right, and I was wrong. Yours very truly

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, PHi. General Grant did not acknowledge receipt of this letter until August 23 when he replied to Lincoln's letter of August 9, infra.