Cut the Road if possible but do not engage a force that you are not certain of success over, and if possible an engagement should be avoided altogether.
Your Obt. Servant.
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 135.
Head Quarters Army of the Tennessee
In Field. Shiloh, April 29th 1862
MAJ GENL H W. HALLECK
COMMANDING DEPT OF THE MISS
I enclose herewith a note just received from Genl Wallace. I have ordered him foward with his entire Command, and ordere[d] Genl McKean to follow with all his Infantry and any Cavalry he may have, not on duty.
Your Obt Servt
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 88 ; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. On April 28, 1862, Maj. Gen. Lewis Wallace wrote to Maj. John A. Rawlins. "I am only waiting for the Cavalry. Two Battalions of Ill have reported, which with three Comp's of our men are not enough. At Bethel there are two Regts of Infantry and one of Cavalry. Not knowing the extent of the Cavalry accompanying me I send you the above as a suggestion. Shall I look for more Cavalry, and if so who will command it?" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 88; DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received. On the same day, USG endorsed the letter. "Your instructions are plain. You were not to await the arrival of Cavalry, but the Cavalry was to follow and report. Too often my orders and instructions are misunderstood or totally disregarded by you." Copies, DLC‐ USG, V, 1, 3, 88.