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

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Genl Grant to assist you. I send to Germantown the R R Regt—Maj Main which with the 56 Ohio should be enough. I leave a Regiment & Section of Artillery here. I have no doubt of the gathering of a force at Holly Springs which must be attacked and driven off before we can attempt to use this Road. If we could effect the Junction of about 15000 men we should quickly do so and attack Holly Springs. I will at Moscow be at a good point for attack. I dont think they contemplate attacking Hurlbut, but they will fill the country with cavalry & endanger our trains" ALS, ibid. Beneath this letter, Pride wrote an undated endorsement. "I shall not attempt to start a Train to Memphis for some time; at least until we hear from you—" AES, ibid. See O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 10-12.

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Germantown, Tenn., on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad about fifteen miles southeast of Memphis.
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On June 26, Duncan T. Bacon, manager of the military telegraph office at Memphis, wrote to USG. "Our line is not yet in operation nor have we heard anything from the repairers sent out. If it is not in order by noon I would respect- fully suggest that a small force should be sent out to ascertain the trouble" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. On June 30, Bacon wrote to USG. "We close the Telegraph Line at 11 oclock P M. Genl Hallecks office is already closed & we could not get any despatches from him. tonight Genl Shermans office is closed also." ALS, ibid.

To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Memphis Tennessee
June 26th 1862

MAJ GENL H W HALLECK
COMDG DEPT OF THE MISS
GENL

News

reached me during the last night that Jackson's forces 1 come in on the Railroad near Germantown yesterday, and captured the train with all on board, and also the waggon train loaded with supplies for Genl Shermans Division, and cut the Road.

Day before yesterday I heard of Jackson being 20 miles south-east from here, intending to make a raid upon this wagon train with a view of destroying it at their camping place for last night. I immediately issued orders for the Cavalry here to accompany this train to their Camp Ground for last night, and if deemed advisable, accompany them this morning to beyond danger.

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