Gen Grants Hd. Qrs
Aug 29th 7. P. M 1862
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF.
Independent forces can be organized here & from here east to Decatur—Shall they be accepted & received into the service ? I am only in favor of it when they go into our old organizations
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; copies, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 88. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 191; ibid., III, ii, 487. On Sept. 1, 1862, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "You are authorized to enlist in Tenn. into old regiments" ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received (dated Sept. 6), ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. O. R., III, ii, 496.
On July 30, Thomas Maxwell, William H. Cherry and three other citizens of Savannah, Tenn., wrote to USG asking for military protection of their neighborhood until troops could be raised in the area. ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Received. On Aug. 5, USG forwarded the letter to hd. qrs., Dept. of the Miss. "Respectfully forwarded to Head Quarters of the Dept. Savannah is not Geographically within my command. I think however these people should have protection at least until they are ready and able to defend themselvs." AES, ibid. On Aug. 20, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand telegraphed to Governor Andrew Johnson that Fielding Hurst had raised one company of cav., and McClernand believed that more could be raised. Telegram received, DLC-Andrew Johnson. On Aug. 29, Col. Isham N. Haynie, Bethel, telegraphed to USG. "I have here in my command nearly 2 hunded men able for duty who are without arms this includes fifty (50) tennessee troops here I have tried for weeks to get them cannot I have them ordered to me at once" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Brig. Gen. Leonard F. Ross, Jackson, telegraphed to USG. "We have on hand here a large number of arms taken from citizens with some repairs they will answer very well to arm our Tenn troops where shall I send them for repairs" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Mo., Telegrams Received.
Also on Aug. 29, Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans telegraphed to Maj. John A. Rawlins. "I have no doubt that the poverty & destution of the mountaineers in Northern alabama is such that we could raise a large force for border service They appear to desire an organization as alabama troops—I have suggested to them the possibility of being at once organizend as Tenn troops it is the opinion of Col Misener that this will not effect the purpose—Could you not