Memphis July 8th  1862
MAJ GEN HALLECK,
A citizen of this place reliably vouched for has just returned from Mobile via Marion 1 Jackson 2 & Grenada, paying Columbus a visit. He left Mobile on the 3d inst. He says there is no large force on the Mobile & Ohio road. The largest is at Marion. At Jackson there is a large force. Between Coldwater 3 & Hernando they are collecting many troops, mostly conscripts. The whole state of Mississippi capable of bearing arms seem to be entering the army 4
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received in Cipher by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., 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, 88. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 87. All of USG's copies are dated July 9, 1862.