Head Quarters, Dist. of West Ten.
Corinth, August 16th 1862
BRIG. GEN. MCPHERSON
SUPT. OF R. ROADS.
The bearer of this Mr. Hughes who has been superintending repairs in the machine shop in Memphis is an acquaintance of Hillyers and is vouched for by him in the strongest terms both as a friend to his country and for integrity and general worth.
Mr. Hughes is a man of experience in rail-road matters particularly in construction. If you need the services of such you could not do better than to retain Mr. Hughes who was put in charge in Memphis by Col. Pride.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, USMA. On June 4, 1862, Capt. John C. Kelton issued Special Field Orders No. 86, Dept. of the Miss., assigning Brig. Gen. James B. McPherson as commander of an engineer brigade and appointing him general superintendent of military railroads. O. R., I, lii, part 1, 253.
Corinth, August 17, 1862.
I sent troops by way of Decatur by General Halleck's order. As I must endeavor to keep the road open to that point I will ascertain the present position of the advance troops and change their route. If they are not too far advanced, by substituting another division for Paine's, which is in advance, the route may