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

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same subject to future orders, the 'Saline' having been engaged in unlawful trade with the states in rebellion." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 15, 16, 82, 87; DNA, RG 393, USG Special Orders.


To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Memphis July 6th 1862

MAJ GENL H. W. HALLECK
CORINTH, MISS

A message is just here from Col Fitch. He reached Clarenden 1 with nine casualities from Gurrilla firing, three fatal, when the Gun boats declined proceeding further. This is below "Balls Bluff" 2 the point of greatest danger. Col Fitch has despatched two messingers to Genl Curtis informing him of his position. I will instruct him to remain where he now is, (he has dropped back to St Charles) a reasonable time to hear from Genl Curtis and if

Curtis is not making his way to Fitch, the latter to return here. In the mean time I have two Separate messengers on their way to Gen. Curtis. Col Fitch says that it will be impossible to reach Jacksonport without Cavalry & Artillery & a very considerably increased superior force from what he now has. I have neither the Infy. or Cav. —the Artillery might be spared. 3 I will forward by mail Col. Fitch's dispatches.

U. S. GRANT.
Maj. Gen

Telegram received (incomplete), DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in the Field, Telegrams Received; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88. O. R., I, xiii, 119. On July 3, 1862, Col. Graham N. Fitch wrote to USG. "While at Clarenden I Started, two messengers to communicate with Genl Curtis. One left our lines at 11 A. M of 1st inst the other at Sundown Same day Neither had any knowledge of the others absence or intentions Only one carried any papers. They were mounted and directed to communicate with him, with all dispatch, consistent with thier own safety, So far as the latter could be consulted They were told to notify Genl Curtis, of our presence, and that any communication would reach me at or near St Charles. That if he felt ablee and it was consistant with his duty, to aproach Duvalls Bluff's from above

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