Memphis Ten Jan 23 1863
COL J D WEBSTER
Can you not run three trains a day from here, one not to go beyond Grand Junction ; one every other day to Jackson and one each day to Corinth. There is much complaint for want of forage
U S. GRANT.
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 22, 1863, USG wrote to Lt. Col. Charles A. Reynolds. "The cry for forage from La Fayette to Corinth is great. I wish you would strain every thing to get through a supply. I will telegraph Col. Webster to know if three trains a day cannot be run." ALS, ICU. On Jan. 24, Col. Benjamin H. Grierson, La Grange, telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Forage very scarce here teams returned tonight without aparticle horses dying daily please order hay & oats to be sent to us immediately" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
On Jan. 20, USG telegraphed to Col. Joseph D. Webster. "Until Corinth is abundantly supplied with rations and forage suspend running a passenger train" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, Webster telegraphed to Maj. Theodore S. Bowers. "I have a despatch directing discontinuance of passenger train to Corinth & purporting to come from Gen Grant is it so I am transporting all the forage which Qr Mr. Dept. offers for shipment a passenger car on train will make no difference The trains are all of the mixed sort" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On Jan. 21, USG telegraphed to Webster. "There are about 600 men at Collierville under orders for this place who are without shoes. Please order the cars today to bring them" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, Webster twice telegraphed USG. "Just returned from break in rail-road near Crockett. Late rains raised water in Obion so as to stop work. The road can be repaired with certainty and despatch only by using a steam pile driver at a cost of say $3000. The traffic would pay that in a few days if the road were repaired so as that we could get the new cars from Columbus. The pile driver will be worth its cost in opening any other road. Shall I order it?" "The soldiers along the line burn up our wood at such a rate that two trains cannot keep up the supply. It is cut of proper length for engines and if they continue to burn it, it will cause great delay. This is particularly the case between Grand junction and Memphis. I am going North to the break this mornig. If proper would like a copy of the order in reference to withdraw of troops for Rail Road &c. issued to Gen. Hamilton last week." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); (2) telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On Jan. 22, Webster telegraphed to