BY TELEGRAPH FROM Memphis [July] 8th 186
To MAJ. GEN. HALLECK
I have just learned from a respectable refugee from Ark., & who is vouched for, that a skirmish took place on Wed. or thur. 1 between Curtis advance & some rebels in ambush between Jacksonport & Augusta. 2 On Saturday, the telegraph battery was removed from Madison to Des Arc 3—Such disposition was shown in getting this off, that Curtis must have been near that line. —the wire from Madison to Helena 4 has also been removed. All rebel troops East of White River have been ordered to White River returning thro' Mo. I learn that the Army at Tupello 5 is leaving, some are going probably to cross over to Vicksburg & a column marching northwest on the Mobile & Memphis direct road: 6 there are said to be large No. of Missourians returning to their homes thro' Ark. Would it not be well to destroy all means of crossing south of here.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. in the Field, Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; ibid., USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 6, 7, 8, 88.