Aug. 21, McClernand wrote to USG elaborating on the telegram and telling of
the arrest of citizens and the confiscation of Negroes, "mules and horses, belong-
ing to seditious and obnoxious citizens." ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West
Tenn., Letters Received. On Aug. 22, McClernand, Jackson, telegraphed to USG.
"I will leave this morning for Bolivar—will be back day after to-morrow." Copy,
McClernand Papers, IHi. On Aug. 24, McClernand telegraphed to USG. "The
cavalry started for Memphis yesterday supported by one
Reg't of Infantry
Expect to meet cavalry from Memphis at Sommerville & move the force to their
respective destination via Covington hoping to cut off & capture Rebel cavalry
as they retreat before cavalry from Trenton & Humboldt—" Telegram received,
DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, McClernand
Papers, IHi. On Aug. 26, McClernand telegraphed to USG. "Col Chambers &
reg't has returned to Bolivar from Somerville where it went to support the Cav-
alry on their transit to & from Memphis to prevent the Enemy from doing it any
harm—He brought with him a considerable number of negroes horses & mules
also 24 bales cotton being the property of Rebels in the Army or their sympa-
thizers. I will leave here on Thursday morning" Telegram received, DNA,
RG 393, Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, McClernand Papers, IHi.
On Aug. 27, McClernand wrote to USG of a cav. reconnaissance down the Hatchie
River which resulted in the destruction of two ferries used by rebels. Copies, ibid.