Head Quarters Disct of West Tennessee
Memphis June 27th 1862
MAJ GENL H W HALLECK
COMDG DEPT OF THE MISS.
Between Jackson's and Jeff Thomson's forces, with the weak force here, I fear that it will be impossible for me to keep the Railroad open from here to Grand Junction, and at the same time keep the City in subjection. There is great disloyalty manifested by the citizens of this place and undoubtedly spies and members of the southern army are constantly finding their way in and out of the city in spite of all vigilance.
There is every probability that an attempt will be made to burn the City, and no doubt from the extent to be guarded it will prove partially successful. This however is a matter which will operate more against the rebels than against ourselves. The Regiment sent from here to repair the Railroad has just returned. I ordered it to remain as a guard to the road until further orders were received, but as this order was carried by the Col of the Regt and he being taken prisoner before reaching his command 1 it returned here in obedience to previous orders. I have to-day sent out to Germantown, or to the point where the Railroad is broken,a regiment of Infantry and five companies of cavalry. They go with three days rations, but as some cars and locomotives have just arrived I will keep these troops there if practicable until troops from Bollivar 2 can relieve them. I will make the effort to keep the road and Telegraph open. As I am without instructions I am a little in doubt as to my authority to license and limit trade, punish offences committed by citizens, and in restricting civil authority. I now have two citizens prisoners for murder who I shall have tried by a military commission and submit the findings and sentence to you.
All communication is prevented south of our lines as far as
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862. Volume: 5. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1973. Page number: 165.
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