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

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ALS (facsimile), John H. Vincent, "The Inner Life of Ulysses S. Grant," The Chautauquan, XXX, 6 (March, 1900), 636; typescript, Lloyd Lewis Notes, USGA. The facsimile contains the first paragraph except for the second and the first half of the third sentences. John H. Vincent, born in Ala., educated at Wesleyan Institute, N. J., pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church in Galena, first met USG in a Dubuque, Iowa, hotel in 1860, and afterwards claimed to have seen him frequently in church. See DAB, XIX, 277-79.

To Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sherman

Head Quarters, Army of the Tenn.
In Field, near Corinth, May 28th 1862


Should Gen. McCook be attacked in the morning, you will reinforce him with your Division, leaving nothing in your present Camp, except the necessary guard over public property.

I am, Gen, Very Respectfully.
Your Obt Servant.
Major. Gen.

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. Thomas W. Sherman of R. I., USMA 1836, held the rank of bvt. maj. on the eve of the Civil War. Confirmed as brig. gen. on Aug. 3, 1861, Sherman took command of the land forces in the Port Royal, S. C., expedition. On April 30, 1862, by Special Field Orders No. 35, Dept. of the Miss., he was assigned to command a division of the Army of the Tenn. under Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas. O. R., I, x, part 2, 144.

On May 28, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "If Genl. McCook should be attacked to-morrow morning he must be reinforced by Genl. T. W. Sherman's Division, the remainder of McKean's Division being brought into line. W. T. Sherman and Hurlbut will probably be able to connect with McKean's right to-morrow, which will leave Davies in reserve. The enemy will probably attack our advance in the morning, McClernand and Wallace have been ordered up." Copies, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received; ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC‐ USG, V, 7, 8. O. R., I, x, part 2, 222.


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