“I am clearly of the opinion that the enemy are gathering strength at Corinth quite as rapidly as we are here”

Mar 23 1862 Wrote Gen. Charles Smith, “Carry out your idea of occupying and partially fortifying Pea Ridge.  I do not hear one word from St. Louis.  I am clearly of the opinion that the enemy are gathering strength at Corinth quite as rapidly as we are here, and the sooner we attack, the easier will be the task of taking the place.  If [Confederate Gen.] Ruggles is in command it would assuredly be a good time to attack.  I have made no change yet in the command, so soon as sufficient troops arrive to form another Brigade, I will do so and assign Artillery and Cavalry to Divisions and leave them subject to the control of Division Commanders.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 4, p 411

O.R., I, x, part 2, 62

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