On July 5, a correspondent at Corinth reported that a former employee
of the Memphis and Ohio Railroad had informed him that Gen. Braxton Bragg
was in command at Tupelo with 40,000 to 50,000 troops, Maj. Gen. John C.
Breckinridge had left with 30,000 troops, and all soldiers were short of clothing
and provisions. New York Herald, July 6, 1862. On July 12, Bragg reported that
he had detached 12,000 troops "to support Vicksburg and Chattanooga." This
left him with only 40,000 troops. He had poor transportation, though his cav.
had been able to inflict losses on the U. S. Army "in the region between Memphis,
Grand Junction, and the Tallahatchie River." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 645.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Memphis [July 9] 186
To MAJ GENL. HALLECK
I understand the Hospital at Mound City is being broken up.
Cannot a portion of the furniture be ordered here ?
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, 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, 88. On July 7, 1862, Brig. Gen. William K. Strong, Cairo,
and the members of the Cairo Commission, George S. Boutwell, Charles A. Dana,
Shelby M. Cullom, and Thomas Means, wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M.
Stanton protesting the proposed closing of the Mound City hospital on the grounds
that the cost of erecting a similar facility would be $100,000, while the Mound
City hospital cost the government only $2,000 per year in rent. Copy, DNA,
RG 107, Letters Received. On July 11, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed
to USG. "Hospital at Mound City not to be broken up. Orders of Surgeon Genl
countermanded by Secty of War." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 108, Telegrams Sent; telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams
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Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1973.
Page number: 203.
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