so to return the information to you and Gen. Sherman.
Should they be retreating I want all the Cavalry belonging to the entire command to follow them, supported by three or fourBrigades of Infantry.
It will not, after the rain of last night, be practicable to move Artillery.
You will furnish one of the Brigades
U. S. GRANT
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. The same letter is entered as written by Capt. John A. Rawlins in DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 97. A similar letter of April 8, 1862, is entered as addressed by Rawlins to Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman. "I have instructed Taylor's Cavalry to push out on the road towards Corinth, to ascertain if the enemy have retreated, and if so return the information to yourself and Gen. McClernand, who would support him with sufficient Infantry (the roads will not be practicable for Artillery) to enable him to push the reconnoisance into the bad road between here & Corinth." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 97. The use of the personal pronoun suggests that this letter also was originally written by USG. See following letter. On the same day, Sherman sent USG a lengthy report of his reconnaissance on the road toward Corinth which had been checked by C. S. A. cav. ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, x, part 1, 639-41.
Head Quarters, Dist of West. Tenn.
Pittsburgh, April 8th, 1862.
COL. W H H TAYLOR
5TH OHIO CAVALRY,
Move out on the right hand Corinth road with the entire Cavalry at your command, and ascertain if the enemy are retreating. If you find they are retreating, return the information by