The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863 - Vol. 7

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To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Holly Springs Miss
Jan 2 1863

MAJ GEN HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF

Orders limiting this Department specially attach Forts Henry and Donelson to it I am also in telegraphic communication with these points over Government wires 1

Gen Rosecrans now calls my attention to interferences with these Posts by my Generals & wants me to correct If they are parts of Gen Rosecrans command I have no desire to interfere 2Answer

U S GRANT
Maj Genl

Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88. O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 479. On Jan. 2, 1863, USG telegraphed the first two sentences of the above telegram to Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans. Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); (dated Jan. 5) ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received; copies (dated Jan. 2), ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30. On Jan. 2, USG again telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Will you order the Regt of heavy Artillery from St Louis to report to me ? I want six Companies at Memphis and six at Corinth" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88. O. R., I, lii, part 1, 318. On Jan. 3, Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Forts Henry & Donelson are in your Dept. I will consult Gen'l Curtis about the heavy artillery. Genl Banks will ascend the Mississippi as rapidly as possible, and assist at Vicksburg. Do not scatter your forces too much. Columbus, Memphis, Grand Junction, and Corinth are the most important points to hold till Vicksburg is taken. If Bragg has been defeated he may fall back upon your line." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Telegrams Sent; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88. O.R., I, xvii, part 1, 479-80.

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On Jan. 11, telegraph superintendent William G. Fuller, Cairo, tele- graphed to USG. "The Telegraph Line between Smithland and Fort Henry is being cut by Guerrillas. It should be patroled by Cavalry. Will you please give the necessary orders." Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Tele- grams Collected (Unbound).

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