BY TELEGRAPH FROM Memphis [June] 24 186
To MAJ. GEN H W HALLECK
The R. R. to Madison, Ark. 1 has not been injured by the rebels—the high water however has so destroyed the first ten miles west that would require a weeks work for ten men to get a locomotive over: to work upon this would require a guard placed over the St. Francis bridge to prevent rebels from destroying it when the work commenced. Col. Fitch has returned to the mouth of white River with his forces. I will get the particulars of the Mound City disaster 2 & forward it to you by first train— There is here of Col. Stacks 3 command of effective men 1943 Infy., 418 Cav. & one battery 115 men. There are 4 steamers here that could carry troops through, partially loaded with freight. I have waited 2 hours to get the strength of Genl. Wallace's command at present here, but have not yet recd. it. 4
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copy, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in the Field, Telegrams Received.