Head Quarters, Dist of West. Tenn.
Pittsburg, April 4th 1862.
GEN. W. T. SHERMAN
COMMDG 5TH DIVISION
Information just received would indicate that the enemy are sendinga force to Purdy, and it may be with a view to attack Gen. Wallace at Crumps Landing. I have directed Gen. W. H. L. Wallace, Commdg 2nd Division, temporarily, to reinforce Gen. L. Wallace in case of an attack with his entire Division, although, I look for nothing of the kind, but it is best to be prepared.
I would direct, therefore, that you advise your advance guards to keep a sharp look out for any movement in that direction, and should such a thing be attempted, give all the support of your Division, and Gen. Hurlbut's if necessary. I will return to Pittsburg at an early hour tomorrow, and will ride out to your camp.
I am, Gen, Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servant.
U. S. GRANT.
Major. Gen. Commdg
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 91. On April 4, 1862, Maj. Gen. Lewis Wallace, Crump's Landing, wrote to Capt. John A. Rawlins. "The news of the reinforcement of the rebel troops at Purdy is confirmed. There are now eight Regts of Infantry, and twelve hundred Cavalry at that town, with an equal if not larger body at Bethel, four miles back of it. The object of the movement is not known, as a measure of precaution I would respectfully ask the General to hasten down to me the Batteries newly assigned to my Division to-wit: Stones & Margroffs. Be pleased also to send me such blanks of every description as you can conveniently spare." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 90-91.
On the same day, Capt. John H. Hammond wrote to Rawlins. "About 5 o clock—intelligence arrived that the Rebel Cavalry had picked up 1 Lieut & 3 pickets Fifty men were sent to examine into the matter a Regiment supported them & finally the whole Brigade—Heavy firing was heard to the right of our front, & say 5 cannon shots—Genl Sherman has gone to investigate