Corinth Aug 1st 1862
A dispatch from Genl Halleck to day says for me to judge for myself the location of troops but to keep them on hand to reinforce Buell if necessary. 1 Under this state of facts Gen Morgan should be made strong enough to hold the road east of Buell. If reinforced from here the road will have to be used to take our supplies. I will be back to the telegraph office in an hour. I have telegraphed Genl. Halleck to authorize sending a force to drive out the Rebels from Saltillo and Tupello, 2 and compel them to cut the road as far south as possible
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copy, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Aug. 3, 1862, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "I have ordered Davis to send Mitchells Brigade to Iuka to relieve Morgans command thence to Bear Creek Bridge—Morgans troops go to Tuscumbia Davis to be ready to follow him with the remainder so soon as the news from Granger shall show what dispositions are advisable at the front. I have doubts if any operation in force will require support given to Morgan east from the nature of the Country south of Morgans line which is generally hilly & poor. It is probable that Column was a reconoitering covering & designed to cutt off the Union men from those hilly regions who were flocking to join us" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Army of the Miss., Telegrams Sent; ibid., 16th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 151-52. See also ibid., I, xvii, part 1, 28-29.