should be back about this time & Col Fitch also sent from Clarendon
U S GRANT
Telegram received, Hovey Papers, InU. See telegrams to Brig. Gen. Alvin P. Hovey, July 11, 18, 1862.
In his capacity as commander at Memphis, Brig. Gen. Alvin P. Hovey informed USG of the movements of enemy troops. On July 16, 1862, Hovey telegraphed to USG. "Evidence accumulates that the rebels are concentrating near us. 2000 Cavalry with some artillery are reported within 18 miles on the Horn Lake road this comes from several sources. Rebel women are anxious to leave, & are leaving City. I shall burn the bridges on the Horn Lake & Hernando roads unless you forbid it." Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received. On July 17, Hovey telegraphed to USG the substance of an article in the Grenada Appeal, July 16, which reported the encounter of the C. S. A. gunboat Arkansas with U. S. gunboats near Vicksburg. Telegram received, ibid.
[July 16, 1862]
The Divisions of Sherman & Hurlbut have been ordered to Memphis. 1 The Hatchie 2 will be made the line of defence from Bolivar 3 to Bethel, this policy renders it necessary to with draw the troops from Grand Junction to Bolivar & the Hatchie. If you deem it expedient the force at Bolivar may be further increased from Jackson.
Copy, Register of Letters, McClernand Papers, IHi. On July 15, 1862, Capt. Nathaniel H. McLean issued Special Field Orders No. 160. "Major Gen. Grant will order the divisions of Generals Sherman and Hurlbut to Memphis. Major Gen. Sherman will be placed in command of that Post and vicinity. The troops at Grand Junction will be withdrawn to Bolivar or the Hatchie river, which will be made the main point of defence from Memphis to Bethel." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 83 ; DLC-William T. Sherman. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 99-100. On July 16, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand telegraphed to USG. "I will start a Brigade to Bolivar in the morning. Place the forces north of me under my command & I can act with