“Buell’s three Divisions destined for this place left Columbia, [TN] eight days ago.”

Wrote Maj. Gen. C. F. Smith, “I send the 21st Mo. Regt. to report to you.  All the regiments that arrive, unattached, place in one Brigade and attach to your Division.  I cannot yet make an assignment of Cavalry and Artillery to Divisions because I do not know what is to arrive.  I am officially informed of one more Mo. regt. on the way, and three batteries.  Also understand, unofficially, that a Regt. of Cavalry is on the way.

“Buell’s three Divisions destined for this place left Columbia, [TN] eight days ago.  They are detained however building a bridge which they expected to take five days in the construction.

“Send the cotton you have, with orders to report here, and I will give instructions for is disposal.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 4, p 423

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