Corinth Aug 16th 1862, 1 20 P. M
MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
The Rebels have Bridge across the Tallahatchie completed & run cars to within eight (8) miles of Grand Junction. 1 If Gen Curtis could move on Panola 2 from Helena Rebels could be cleared out of Northwest Miss—I could send Genl Sherman at the same time on Oxford 3—Four Divisions of the Army of the Miss are now moving to occupy the road to Decatur & to reinforce Gen Buell. Reconnoissance far to the front shows the country to be so dry that an attack on this place is hardly to be apprehended 4
U S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 175. On Aug. 13, 1862, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Memphis, telegraphed to USG. "I hear from Grenada often & have no Idea that there is any movement towards Bolivar or Memphis I had a letter a few days Since from Villipague at Abberville Station South of Tallahatchie that bridge is done & Cars now run to Davis Mills Eight (8) miles from Grand Junction if Curtiss were to move on Panola from Helena all this country would be abandoned save by Geurrillas. I have three (3) parties of Cavalry out tonight & will know if there is any movement from the South towards Bolivar But I dont beleive it— The Enemy wants to keep Curtiss, myself & McClernand occupied with reports whilst they mass their forces on Chattanooga & Nashville. We ought to attack their Rail Roads. Curtiss & my troops moving from Helena and here striking them near Panola & Oxford" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, William T. Sherman, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 166. Sherman discussed his plan in greater detail in a letter of Aug. 17 to USG. Copies, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, William T. Sherman, Letters Sent; DLC-William T. Sherman. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 179.