Memphis Tenn July 8 /62
MAJ GEN HALLECK
I commenced gathering contrabands last Saturday 1 to work on fortifications They are now at work. On account of the limited force here we are only fortifying south end of city to protect stores & our own troops. 2 Col Webster has been too unwell to push this matter & I have no other engineer. 3
Secessionists here have news from Richmond by the South which makes them jubilant. I would like to hear the truth 4
U S. GRANT
Telegram received (misdated July 8, 1862), DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; (misdated) ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in the Field, Telegrams Received; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 82.