Gen. Halleck: “Where is Shelbyville? I can’t find it on any map.”

Received telegram in reply from Gen. Halleck, “You say 30,000 men are at Shelbyville to attack La Grange. Where is Shelbyville? I can’t find it on any map. Don’t believe a word about an attack in large force on La Grange or Memphis. Why not send out strong reconnaissance and ascertain the facts? It looks very much like a mere stampede. Floating rumors must never be received as facts. Order an investigation of the loss of the train and capture of our men by a force of the enemy and report the facts. I mean to make somebody responsible for so gross a negligence.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 168

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

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