BY TELEGRAPH FROM Memphis [June] 30th 186
To MAJ. GEN. HALLECK
There is not transportation here for the removal of troops— orders to me were to reinforce Fitch with all of Slack's command: this would have left nothing but a part of Wallace's Div. here; if retained Col. Slacks Regt. here however, & sent in lieu another Regt. to reinforce Col. Fitch: this I done to avoid superseding Col. Fitch in the command & because Slack & his Regt. had been employed in maintaining order in the City & could not well be relieved—transportation can be had in a day or two.
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.
Memphis, Tenn. June 30, 1862
MAJ GENL H W HALLECK
A gentleman from Arkansas who has just made his escape from there and come up on one of our Gunboats says that Genl Curtis has lost several foraging parties. The Texas Rangers 1 take no prisoners. Thinks the rebel force on White river cannot be less than 5 or 6000. 2 It is estimated by citizens at more than double that number. The troops from Little Rock have all been brought over to the White River.