“I have just arrived, tired and dusty, having made the entire distance on horseback.”

June 23 1862, Received telegram from Gen. Halleck, “Ascertain condition of railroad from Memphis west toward Little Rock; also the means of sending supplies and re-enforcements to General Curtis. Reports heretofore received from Memphis are entirely unsatisfactory. Let me know about the supplies and means of transportation from that place.”

I replied, “I have just arrived, tired and dusty, having made the entire distance on horseback.  Will ascertain the facts and answer your telegram of this date as soon as possible.  Col. Fitch dispatches from St. Charles [Ark.], June 21, that considerable bodies of Light troops are collecting in his neighborhood.  Will make inquiries and do what may seem necessary.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 147-8

National Archives, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence

 

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