therefore make no changes in the disposition of troops for the present, unless it
may be to assist Genl Curtis." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 108, Telegrams
Sent; telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received.
O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 82. On July 7, USG telegraphed to Halleck. "The following
is the substance of a dispatch just recd. from Genl. Sherman. 'Returned to Mos-
cow—think Cold Water the line to hold for possession of the R. R. —want
McClernand to hold Grand Junction, Humboldt, Moscow and Lafayette, and
Sherman's Div. to move to Germantown and Colyerville.' Shall I make the order
for this disposition?" Copies, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in
the Field, Telegrams Received; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG,
V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 79. Other copies of the telegram read "Hurl-
but" instead of "Humboldt." Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman to USG, July 7,
telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, William T. Sherman, Telegrams
Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 79.
To Ellen Ewing Sherman
July 7th 1862
MRS. MAJ. GEN. SHERMAN
MY DEAR MADAM,
Your letter of the 2d inst. is just this moment received.
Two weeks ago to-day on my way from Corinth Miss. to this
place I passed the place where your husband was then in camp
with his command. Knowing that he had been quite unwell for
1 and knowing too his indefatigable zeal and energy
in whatever it is his duty to do, I proposed giving him a leave
then. He would not listen to it then saying that he was improving
and would take good care of himself; and further that his services
could not be spared at this time. I felt the truth of the latter objection knowing that Gen. Shermans place would be hard to fill.
I will telegraph to the Gen. and if he will consent to a leave
will have it obtained for him.
Just as the above was pened a dispatch was handed me from
the Gen. of this date.
3 No mention is made of his health however.