Aug 2d 1862
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
I will try and hold the road to Decatur Think it can be done without much difficulty. 1
Anticipate no serious trouble on the Hatchie Nothing more than an occasional raid from mounted men.
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 150. On Aug. 2, 1862, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand telegraphed to USG. "I have swept both sides of the Hatchie from Bolivar to Brownsville on the road to Somerville the enemy fled precipitately &escaped capture—The force I have on the Hatchie together with those you are sending and the three regiments here exclusive of the eleventh secures things in these Quarter for the present I will send the eleventh the first opportunity. I have some three hundred negroes at work on the fortifications at Bolivar I will probably return them on Monday the twenty four hundred ammunition has not come" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copy, McClernand Papers, IHi. On the same day, McClernand telegraphed again to USG. "Can their be obtained at Corinth ammunition for 24 pounder Howitzer, Six (6) pounder Guns & small arms ammunition of the following calibre, fifty eight (58) fifty four (54) Sharps carbine & Colts Revolver Cartridges and to what extent. Can we procure to the extent of (500) five hundred stands of Arms & accoutrements for my command—The ordnance officer from Bolivar is waiting for a reply." Copies, ibid. On Aug. 5, McClernand telegraphed to USG. "I learn from unofficial Source that Lieut Col Hogg with his Cavalry has been ordered back to Trenton did you intend they Should be withdrawn from the line of the Hatchie I have not other Cavalry fit for duty" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, McClernand Papers, IHi.