The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862 - Vol. 5

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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.
GEN.

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 [1] 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. 1

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.

Respectfully &c
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen.

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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