Head Quarters, Dist of West. Tenn.
Pittsburgh, April 8th 1862.
MAJOR GEN. D. C. BUELL.
In making the reconnoisance ordered for this morning, none of the Cavalry, belonging to your command was directed to take part. I have directed that if the enemy are found retreating, informationbe at once sent to Gens McClernand & Sherman who will immediately advance with a portion of their forces in support of the reconnoisance. It will not be practicable to move Artillery. If the enemy are retreating, and can be made to hasten across the low land between here and Pea Ridge, they will probably be forced to abandon their Artillery and Baggage. Will you be good enough to order your Cavalry to follow on the Corinth roads, and give two or three of your fresh Brigades to follow in support. P. S. Information has just reached me that the enemy have retreated.
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, 97-98.
Pittsburg, April 8th 1862
MAJ. GEN. J. A. MCCLERNAND
COMD. G 1ST DIV.
I have instructed Taylor's Cavalry 1 to push out the road towards Corinth to ascertain if the enemy have retreated and if