ALS, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received. On March 31, 1862, Agate (Whitelaw Reid), Savannah, Tenn., wrote a bitter attack upon Surgeon Henry S. Hewit, accusing him of incompetence, arrogance, drunkenness, and disloyalty. Cincinnati Gazette, April 4, 1862. On April 4, G. W. Gans, Eaton, Ohio, sent a copy of the article to U. S. Senator Benjamin F. Wade, who in turn sent it to the War Dept. DNA, RG 107, Letters Received. On April 8, E. F. Riley, Leonardsburg, Ohio, sent a copy of the article to President Abraham Lincoln. Ibid., RG 94, Letters Received. On April 11, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton telegraphed to the editor, Cincinnati Gazette, that Hewit had been suspended from duty. ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). See Cincinnati Gazette, April 12, 1862. A file of papers concerning Hewit, 477H, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received, includes letters of endorsement from Maj. Gens. Charles F. Smith and William T. Sherman. On Aug. 19, Surgeon Gen. William A. Hammond wrote to Stanton that charges against Hewit had been withdrawn and that he should be restored to duty.
Pittsburg Landing, Ten.
April 21st 1862
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE MISS.
A Mr. Saunders of this state who has acted as guide for our troops and given all the information he could of the movements of the rebels has just come in and reports that the enemy have about 15,000 troops at Bethel. They have cut timber between Crumps Landing and Purdy but not on the road from here. It is said to be the intention of the enemy to take possession of Chalk Bluffs, six miles below Savanna, and interrupt the navigation of the river.
I give the information for what it is worth not thinking it unlikely however that some such movement might be made.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 109, Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians.