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

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Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 94, Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88.

To Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell

Corinth Aug. 12th [1862]


The letter referred to in your dispatch is not received could not be interpreted as telegraphed I cannot send all the troops called for in your dispatch on account of having been weakened by sending one

division to Curtis and the necessity of having to send from here some infantry regiments to Bolivar which can yet scarsely be regarded as secure I will place an entire division at Tuscumbia pains and another on the road from Iuka 1 to Tuscumbia what is the necessity of guarding the road from Tuscumbia Eastward do you not think it possible that the enemy are covering a movement of a large portion of their forces Eastward to Richmond I will have the Tenn river guarded so that none of our steamers can possibly fall into their hands except by gross neglect of our troops I will keep you well posted of the movements of the enemy and spare you all the force that can possibly be disposed with and you may require


Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Buell; copy, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Ohio, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xvi, part 2, 316. On Aug. 12, 1862, Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell telegraphed to USG. "I think it plain that a mass of information derived from Tenn indicates that the main force of the enemy in the west is concentrating in Tenn & that no time should be lost in prepairing to meet him, please therefore dispatch at once the two divisions Genl Halleck authorised me to call for. They should cross under support at Eastport, I wish them to march up the Tenn, on the north side to about Rodgersville thence to Pulaski, where they will receive further orders. I take it forgranted they will have a complete organisation of twelve regiments of Infantry, three batteries of Artillery and two regiments of Cavalry at least, to each Division. Please order them to march promptly (& by


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