the matter—Half an hour later, intelligence came that a considerable number of the enemy had appeared on our right at Meeks house, said to be 2000— I sent word to Genl Sherman & then to Genls McClernand & Prentiss—Orders have just arrived to do this, from Genl Sherman, & it being done—I have collected orderlies & await orders No firing has been heard during the last half hour" Copy, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, William T. Sherman, Letters Sent.
Head Quarters Dist of West. Tenn.
Pittsburg, April 4th 1862
BRIG. GEN. W. H. L WALLACE
COMMDG. 2ND DIVISION
Please send out order immediately to have Stones 1 and Magroffs batteries join Major Gen L. Wallace's command at Crump's Landing, at an early hour tomorrow.
These are new Batteries that have been sent up recently and I do not know where they have been temporarily assigned. It is believed that the enemy are reinforceing at Purdy, and it may be necessary to reinforce Gen. Wallace to avoid his being attacked by a superior force. Should you find danger of this sort, reinforce him, at once, with your entire Division.
I am, Genl, 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.