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

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To Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand

Memphis June 29 1862

The Rail road is not running through as all my orders for the change of troops so far have been countermanded, I shall decline giving further orders to, for the present except for those immediately under my here. Although I have the right to permit you to visit m[e] here: in view of all circumstances I would prefer you should

telegrah Genl. Halleck for the authority

U S GRANT

Telegram, copy, McClernand Papers, IHi. On June 86, 1862, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand telegraphed to USG. "In compliance with orders received last evening from Genl Halleck as many troops as the cars can carry including the 78 Ohio of Wallaces Div will go forward to reinforce Genl Hurlburt at Grand Junction & Moscow where that Regt will be halted subject to your further orders" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received from Reserve Corps, Jackson, Tenn. ; McClernand Papers, IHi. On the same day, McClernand telegraphed to both Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck and USG. "I am sending 3 Regts from here & 3 from Bolivar to support Genl Hurlbut" Copies, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Letters Sent; McClernand Papers, IHi. On June 27, McClernand telegraphed to USG. "Asking the approbation of Gen Halleck to send the 78 Ohio now at Grand Junction to Memphis he declines & says on the contrary he expects to reinforce Sherman from Memphis" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received from Reserve Corps, Jackson, Tenn.; McClernand Papers, IHi. On June 28, Col. William L. Sanderson, Bolivar, Tenn., telegraphed to USG. "The twentieth and sixtieth eighth Ohio have been sent to Grand Junction to reinforce General Hurlburt by order of General McClernand will send them on to Memphis as soon as they return unless otherwise ordered" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. USG wrote a note on the reverse of this telegram. "Immediately on my taking command here I ordered troops of my command, not needed where they then were, to guard the very road" AE, ibid. On June 29, McClernand telegraphed to Sanderson. "I send the following Telegram from Genl. Halleck to me as the answer to your inquires. 'Corinth June 29, 1862. Col. Sanderson will obey the order given him through you. Genl. Grant was notified not to order him to Memphis but probably did not receive my communication. H W HALLECK, Maj Genl'" Copy, McClernand Papers, IHi. On June 30, Sanderson telegraphed to USG. "There is but forty effective cavalry men here the rest have gone to Grand Junction by order of Genl McClernand—Have sent copy of your despatch to comdg officer at Grand Junction" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received.

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