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, 46. On June 29, 1862, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "You say thirty thousand rebels at Shelbyville to attack La Grange. Where is Shelbyville? I cant find it on any map. Dont believe a word about an attack in large force on La Grange or Memphis. Why not sent out strong reconnaissance & ascertain facts ? It looks very much like a mere stampede. Floating rumors are never to be received as facts. Order an investigation of the loss of the train & capture of our men by a paltry force of the enemy, & report the facts. I mean to make somebody responsible for so gross a negligence." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 108, Telegrams Sent; telegram received, DLC‐ USG, V, 9. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 46. See following telegram.
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Memphis [June] 29th 186
To MAJ. GEN. HALLECK
I did not say 30,000 troops at Shelbyville but at Abbeyville which is South of Holly Springs, on the road to Grenada. I made a report of all I knew of the capture of the train & sent by way of Columbus, Ky. I have kept my Cavalry force on the road from here to Germantown, most of the time since my arrival in Memphis. The balance of the Cavalry force here are ordered to make daily reconnoisance to the South East from here. I heed as little of thefloating rumors about the City as any one—only gave you the statement of a man from Okolona who has fled from there with no intention of returning until he can go under the Federal Flag. I do not credit his reports as to exact numbers but believe the Tallahatchee Bridge is being repaired & that a considerable rebel force is at Abbeyville. I know that from rumors that Jeff Thompson & Jackson are both to the South East of us. I have applied for the 11th Ill. Cav. now at Corinth that I might