“Will Morgan’s force be sufficient to defend the long line given him? It seems to me it will not.”

July 25 1862, I have received a telegram from Gen. Rosecrans.  We are having a very difficult time maintaining our supply line through enemy country.  “General Morgan has reached Tuscumbia, and halts there, demanding 100 wagons in addition to his present train before proceeding beyond that point.

“General McPherson says he can transfer 50 tons per day along that road, if it be loaded and unloaded promptly and the road protected. But a train was cut off last night from returning by the destruction of a bridge east of Tuscumbia, and a party of infantry, probably Thomas’, attacked and probably captured 500 rebel cavalry at Courtland.”

I replied, “I have just seen the Quarter Master who tells me that the wagons required by Genl. Morgan cannot be furnished unless details can be made from Regimental trains to keep up the present number now hauling, between here and Pittsburg Landing.  I will see what can be done from Ords Command.  In this way, will Morgan’s force be sufficient to defend the long line given him?  It seems to me it will not.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 235

National Archives, RG 393, Army of the Miss., Telegrams Received

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 120

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