“There is an evident disposition on the part of many of the citizens to join the guerrillas on their approach”

July 28 1862, Sent report to Gen. Halleck in Washington, “GENERAL: A report received late last night from General Morgan states that three companies of cavalry, under Major Moyers, went out southeast from Tuscumbia to attack a party of rebel cavalry which had surprised and captured two companies of General Thomas’ command and burned the bridge near Courtland. They found the enemy about 200 strong and made the attack, losing 23 killed, wounded, and missing. Does not state whether the enemy were repulsed with loss or not and gives no dates.

“General Ross, at Bolivar, is threatened by a strong force, possibly Price’s. I have had him re-enforced as much as possible from Jackson and have sent six regiments of infantry and one battery from here. There was some skirmishing yesterday at the crossing of the Hatchie, northwest of Bolivar, about 8 miles distant. This charge of troops is only intended to be temporary, but the necessity may arise to keep a larger force on the line of the Hatchie than we have had.

“There is an evident disposition on the part of many of the citizens to join the guerrillas on their approach. I am decidedly in favor of turning all discontented citizens within our lines out south.

“Colonel Sheridan has gone, with all the available cavalry belonging here, to attack and drive out a body of rebel cavalry that are pressing or conscripting men in that neighborhood. I will probably hear from them to-morrow.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 243

O.R., I, xvi, part 1, 830

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