Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 136. On April 28, 1862, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand wrote to USG. "The roads are desperate. I advanced to the White House—found a few rebel pickets—or rather found evidence that they had fled upon our approach, and have encamped for the night upon a creek in the rear of the White House about three‐ fourths of a mile. This creek being nearly impassible I will have to bridge it in the morning unless I can find a better crossing higher up. Shall I rest where I am until further orders ? Genl Sherman is encamped to my right and rear." ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received. On the same day, Capt. William S. Hillyer wrote to McClernand. "You will make no further advance until further orders. Camp where you are and bridge the creek there in pursuance of former orders." Copy, DLC-USG, V, 2.
Head Quarters, Dist of West. Tenn
Pittsburgh, April 28th 1862.
BRIG. GEN. W. T. SHERMAN,
COMMDG 5TH DIVISION
Move out in the morning on the Purdy road to Veatches or Stantonville 1 to the support of Gen. Wallace who left this afternoon for the purpose of destroying the Rail Road at or near Bethel.
Two Brigades and one Company of Artillery will be sufficient to take, and one days rations the men having breakfast before leaving.
I am, Gen, Very Respectfully. &c
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 136. On April 28, 1862, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "You will push forward one Division on the Purdy Road to Veals or Stantonville to hold the Cross Road to Monterey while the Cavalry pushes forward, and