Corinth July 22d 1862
I will send the Ripley 1 man to you to morrow he is now in the village. I will direct Genl. Todd to hold in readiness the Cavalry that can be spared from his division
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copy, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On July 22, 1862, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "Have consulted with Grainger we have one (1) brigade cavalry gone to Tuscumbia the other can muster about 650 or 700 but they are so distributed down on the front towards Booneville and Blackland and Marulla that they could not be assembled in time for a night march before tomorrow night a day march would defeat our purpose—seven hundred cavalry can be got ready for a march tomorrow night by stripping our front for the time being—should you deem this expedient under the circumstances it will be desirable to know from the guide if there be a road by which we can come in below Ripley and avoid the Hatchie crossing where they unquestionably have a Picket and as I was yesterday informed had burned the bridges please send over the guide from whom we may get some valuable local information" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Army of the Miss., 16th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 111. On July 22, USG endorsed a letter of Rosecrans to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Respectfully forwarded to Maj. Gen. H. W. Halleck with the request that the within suggestions receive early attention. The proper arming of the Cavalry in this Department is of vital importance and demands prompt action." AES, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 108. Rosecrans's letter of July 20 emphasized the necessity of arming the cav. and filling cav. units. ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 108.
On July 23, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "Campbell does not know enough of the country south of Ripley to make sure work of it. Please order private Moses Parker 11th Ill Cavalry at Bethel to report to me. He was formerly county surveyor & county assessor of Teppa county & we can get the very information we require to do our and other future work effectually. I will attend to the cases of some of these men soon" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Army of the Miss., 16th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. On July 23, Rosecrans again telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch about Genl Ord is received Did you order that man from the 11th Ill to come down & report here as requested. Please answer" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Army of the Miss., 16th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Rose