BY TELEGRAPH FROM Memphis [June] 26th 186
TO GEN HALLECK
There is a reported cut in R. R. west Germantown. 1 Wires now down for two days with small bodies of rebel Cavalry through the Country, burning Cotton & cutting wire as fast asfilled up. 2 Additional Cavalry troops would enable me to partially clear the Country of these men: there are five Cos. 6th Ill Cav. at Humboldt & some here. Can they all come here ? Steamers for White River start this morning taking 2 Regts to reinforce Col. Fitch who will convey them to Gen. Curtis.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in the Field, Telegrams Received; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 36. On June 25, 1862, Col. George G. Pride, "Gen Shermans Head Quarters," wrote to USG. "On reaching a point three miles west of Germantown, our Engine was thrown off the track and turned completely over disabling it—The cars remained on the track, but some of the men were thrown off, and a few injured although not seriously—Three Rails had been removed or probably displaced just enough to throw us off—The Wire of the Telegraph was also cut—Col Kinney was on the train and about 25 muskets —I left him in charge of the train, and went up ½ a mile to farmers houses, and Secured two wagons, and put the knapsacks of the men in one of them, with instructions to the men to come on following us—Three or four of us came on here to report Facts to Gen Sherman, but he has but few cavalry and could not send any down there—He moves in the morning to Moscow, supporting Gen Hurlburt—The Railroad Regiment will go down towards Germantown in the morning, with instructions to repair and defend the road—One of the men left at the break in the road has just come in, says the party that were left to guard were attacked, but from his account, I am inclined to think that it is incorrect, as it was an hour and a half after the accident before I left-Still it may be so—Major Main of the R. Rd Regiment (52nd Indiana) will write you particulars—I sent a man on horseback to you with a hurried pencil account, and asking you to send some cavalry there if possible—It is neccessary to have a patrol up and down the road all the time—Shall go on to La Grange and try and get a train on from that direction—" ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received. Attached was an undated letter from Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. "Genl Halleck's Dispatch to me is, Reinforce Genl Hurlbut if necessary. If so call on