Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten.
Corinth, July 28th 1862
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK
WASHINGTON CITY, D. C.
A report received late last night from Gen. Morgan states that three companies of Cavalry under Maj. Moyes 1 went out southeast from Tuscumbia to attack a party of rebel Cavalry which had surprised and captured two companies of Gen. Thomas' command and burnt the bridge near Courtland. 2 They found the enemy about two hundred strong and made the attack loosing twenty-tree killed, wounded & missing. Does not state whether the enemy were repulsed with loss or not and gives no dates.
Gen. Ross at Bolivar is threatened by a strong force, possibly Prices. I have had him reinforced as much as possible from Jackson and have sent six regiments of Infantry and one Battery from here. There was some skirmishing yesterday at the crossing of the Hatchee Northwest of Bolivar about eight miles distant.
This change of troops is only intended to be temporary but the necessity may arise to keep a larger force on the line of the Hatchee than we have had. 3
There is an evident disposition on the part of many of the citizens to join the Guerrillas on their approach. I am decidedly in favor of turning all discontented citizens within our lines out South. 4
Col. Sheridan has gone with all the available Cavalry belonging here to attack and drive out a body of rebel Cavalry that are pressing or conscripting men in that neighborhood. 5 I will probably hear from there to-morrow.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT