there from the Corinth army. You have better means of knowing what force is still at Tupelo. The passage of a large army at the point indicated can only be effected by surprising us completely & seizing some of our Steamers. I do not believe it will be attempted, but I hope you will see that the Steamers are not exposed to surprise, & that preparations are made to fire them instantly if it should be attempted. Under no sircumstan[ce] should the steamer lie at Florence, still I am pretty well satisfied that the plan was suddenly changed & that the attack will come from East Tenn, indeed there are already indications that it is about to be attempted, I apprehend that I shall have to call on you very soon for the two Divisions, Genl Halleck informed me you would put them at my disposal. Whose are they & where ? Eastport would be the best point for them to cross & they should be prepaired to move at any hour's notice, & rapidly. I suppose they are organized with Cavalry & Artillery, I am guarding five hundred miles of Rail Road, which is swarming with regular & irregular cavalry of the enemy, there has been much trouble with the road beyond Decatur it can be kept open against any force, if the bridges are protected with a stockade & guard, & not otherwise. I think it is well worth it for both of us, please peserve secrecy in regard to the letter. Answer by telegraph in Cypher" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of the Ohio, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xvi, part 2, 302-3.
Corinth Aug 13th 1862
My divisions are composed of ten Infy Regts—three 3 Batteries and about two 2 Battalions of Cavy. 1 to send two divisions of my force beyond my control would be to leave this place an easy prey to the forces that are known to be at Saltillo Tupilo and points from which they could be concentrated 2—in addition to troops now ordered to Tuscumbia intended to co-operate with you I will see what force I can send to Eastport as you suggest— and inform you. you have not informed me of the necessity of attempting to hold the Rail Road east of Tuscumbia—if I do not learn reasons not now in my possessions I will abandon all points east of that place 3
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Ohio, Telegrams Received; ibid., Army of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xvi, part 2, 325. On Aug. 13, 1862, Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell telegraphed to USG. "Please inform me of