in about 10 days. If you have time I should like to have a word from you. —When
the weather shall get a little cooler, I intend to visit you." ALS, USG 3.
Henry S. Fitch, son of Col. Graham N. Fitch, was born in N. Y., and
eventually moved to Chicago, where he practiced law and was appointed U. S.
attorney for the northern district of Ill. in 1858. In 1860, a question arose about
his accounts, but an audit failed to reveal any wrongdoing on his part. A political
associate of both President Abraham Lincoln and U. S. Senator Orville H. Brown-
ing, Fitch, a War Democrat, offered his resignation to Lincoln and applied for a
commission as asst. adjt. gen. in 1861. Lincoln nominated him as asst. q. m. and
capt. in July, 1861, and he was serving in Memphis when USG arrived. Fitch to
Lincoln, Jan. 7, 1859, Jan. 30, 1861, DLC-Robert T. Lincoln; Fitch to Browning,
June 26, 1861, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received; Fitch to Secretary of War Edwin
M. Stanton, Dec. 27, 1862, ibid. ; Fitch to Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas, Sept. 10,
1861, ibid.; HED, 36-1-53.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten.
Corinth, July 23d 1862
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE MISS.
Since you left here the greatest vigilance has been kept up by
our Cavalry to the front but nothing absolutely certain of the
movements of the enemy have been learned.
1 It is certain however that a movement has taken place from Tupello. In what
direction or for what purpose is not so certain. Deserters and
escaped prisoners concur in this statement but all concuring so
nearly I doubt whether they have not been misled with the view
of having the information reach us. It would seem from these
statements that a large force moved on the 7th of this month
towards Chatanooga. That Price was at Tupello on the 17th and
made a speech to his command promising to take them back to
Mo. through Ky. That his ordnance and provision train had
moved Westward with seventeen days rations and he has likely
followed ere this.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 227.
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