referred it to you as the proper officer—endorsing, if I mistake not on the paper containing the complaint, that I did not desire to have anything to do with it. If in this I have offended, I plead guilty, and am willing to accept the consequences. Intending only, by these hasty lines to vindicate my conduct in a respectful but manly manner, I conclude by renewing the assurance, that I will continue to try to merit your approbation, whatever may be my success." LS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., Letters Received.
Corinth Aug 17th 1862
Buell telegraphs that crossing can be effected in half the time at East Port or Tuscumbia, that it can at Decatur, and that time is of the utmost importance to him, That Kirby Smith 1 is moving on Ky or Nashville, besides other offensive movements, which the Enemy from their strength may be expected to make. 2 He requests that this change of rule be adopted, as we have to attemp[t] to hold the line to Decatur. Cannot another Division be substituted for Payne's and let the troops take one of the routes indicated by Buell
U. S. GRANT