July 30 1862. Gen. Rosecrans has forwarded some captured rebel communications. They have shed some light on the latest rebel movements. I sent the following letter to Gen. Halleck, “Information obtained by Colonel Sheridan, who has been far to the front and right for several days, shows that Bragg has made headquarters at Rome. Most of the troops from Saltillo and Tupelo have gone to Chattanooga by rail. Wagons move across the country to Rome. Cheatham and Withrs have gone west. Price is in command in Mississippi; headquarters at Holly Springs, with force at Grand Junction. Had I not better move Ord’s entire command to Bolivar, one division of Rosecrans’ to Corinth, and drive the force in front south? they cannot number to exceed 10,000.
“U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 136
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 136