“Thirty thousand men said to be at Abbeville [MS], intending to march on La Grange”

June 29, 1862 Sent telegram to Gen. Halleck, “A man through from Okolona [MS] reports that there are but 3,000 troops at that place. Columbus [MS] is being strongly fortified. Thirty thousand men said to be at Abbeville [MS], intending to march on La Grange as soon as the Tallahatchie Bridge is repaired. This I telegraphed via Columbus, Ky., while the direct line was down.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 167

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 46

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