On April 6, Capt. John A. Rawlins wrote to Brig. Gen. William Nelson,
Savannah. "An attack having been made on our forces you will move your entire
command to the river opposite Pittsburgh. You can obtain a guide easily in the
village." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 9, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.
O. R., I, x, part 2, 95. Later on the same day, 1st Lt. Clark B. Lagow wrote to
Nelson. "I am directed by Major Gen. Grant to say to you that you will hurry
up your command as fast as possible. The boats will be in readiness to transport
all troops of your command across the river. All looks well, but it is necessary for
you to push forward as fast as possible." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 9, 86;
DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 95-96.
To Commanding Officer, Advance Forces
Pittsburg, April 6th 1862
COMD. G OFFICER
ADVANCE FORCES NEAR PITTSBURG, TEN.
The attack on my forces has been very spirited from early this
morning. The appearance of fresh troops on the field now would
have a powerfu
 effect both by inspiring our men and disheartining the enemy. If you will get upon the field leaving all your
baggage on the East bank of the river it will be a move to our
advantage and possibly save the day to us.
The rebel forces is estimated at over 100.000 men.
My Hd Qrs. will be in the log building on top of the hill
where you will be furnished a staff officer to guide you to your
place on the field.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, x, part 2, 95; ibid., I, lii, part 1, 232-33.
The officer addressed was in Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio.
On April 6, 1862, Capt. William S. Hillyer wrote to Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Wood,
Army of the Ohio. "You will move your Command with the utmost dispatch to
the river at this point, where Steamboats will be in waiting to transport you to
Pittsburg." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 9, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters
Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 95. According to a letter to his wife, April 11, Hillyer had
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Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1973.
Page number: 18.
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