Nov 6th  7 P. M.
To MAJ GENERAL HURLBUT
Retain Tuttles Division if necessary at Corinth or East of there until Reinforcements from Steele reach you. Send Him forward However as soon as possible. Discontinue R. R. & Telegraph toward Columbus. Urge McPherson to send Tuttle forward If He has not already done so 1
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Letters Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 34, 35. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 64. On Oct. 30, 1863, noon, Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, Memphis, telegraphed to USG. "I left Iuka yesterday morning Sherman moved yesterday across the Tenn River at Eastport Ewings Division was in Florence yesterday John E Smith was to cross yesterday Blair with Osterhaus & Morgan L Smith having penetrated to Tuscumbia & driven the enemy with loss are marching by left flank to Chickasaw to Cross Sherman reed your order by messenger—I have given Gen Sherman Eight Regts of Infy my best artillery and a Regt of cavalry in all Eleven Thousand men this strips me to a position if position [of positive] weakness I have at and near Memphis Three thousand five hundred Infantry beyond Memphis two white and three colored Regts & four thousand five hundred cavalry one colored Regt at Moscow two white two colored at Corinth I shall try to hold the Railroad with cavalry and know it cannot be done if seriously attacked I sent ten days since a request to Steele to send me some infantry from this I have just heard he declines doing it except under orders from (me?) those orders have gonebut it will be two weeks before the troops arrive if I am seriously threatened I shall bring every thing to Moscow & abandon the Railroad beyond Dodge will cross at Eastport as soon as Sherman gets out of his way Provisions for thirty thousand men should be at Stevenson for them within ten (10) days I will do my best on the line & must not be blamed if it is broken his cavalry is very bold and will follow our troops down to Iuka" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Military Div. of the Miss.; copies, ibid., RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Letters Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxi, part 1, 786-87. On Sunday, Nov. 1, Hurlbut telegraphed to USG. "Sherman has received his boats at Eastport and will finish crossing tomorrow Genl. Dodge follows him close up and will be at Waterloo by tuesday night or wednesday Sherman directs the Vicksburg Division Tuttles ordered by Genl Grant to be sent by Steamboats to Waterloo The enemys cavalry are concentrating again on the Tallahatchie and they talk of being supported by a brigade of In