Gen. Hurlbut: “General Lauman is attacked 10 miles below here”

Sept 21 1862 I received a series of telegrams from Gen. Hurlbut informing me of a rebel attack 10 miles south of Bolivar TN,

General GRANT:

General Lauman is attacked 10 miles below here, as I learn by orderly sent in by Colonel Noble with verbal message. I have five regiments here. Shall I move them from this post? Answer at once.

S. A. HURLBUT.

 

General GRANT:

General Lauman sends me a verbal message by an orderly that the enemy are flanking him on the left, and is rapidity falling back. He is 6 miles below. Shall I move the rest of the division out or wait for him to come in? Stores here are of great value, and I dislike to leave them without guard. Answer at once.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Brigadier-General.

 

I responded,

Do not leave Bolivar without a sufficient force to hold, if you think Lauman in danger.  Send what force you can to his relief.  Let me know any further information you get.

U.S. Grant

Maj Genl.

 

Hurlbut responded later,

General GRANT:

General Lauman’s command has returned all safe. The cavalry and some infantry followed close up as far as Van Buren, where a few well-directed shots scattered them. Further particulars will be sent by mail to-morrow.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Brigadier-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 75

National Archives, RG 393, District of West Tenn. 4th Division, Telegrams Received

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 231

 

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