“[I]f they remain there a few days, we may be able to move out and attack them.”

Sept 23 1862.  I received a report from Gen. Hurlbut that Iuka has been reinforced and the enemy have fallen back.

Two loads of Ross’ troops have come; the others will not be in before night. The enemy have unquestionably, from all reports, fallen back to Davis’ Mill, about 10,000 strong. Cavalry are out in pursuit.

I could [not?] move this morning because Ross’ troops did not arrive and the enemy have a day’s start. Do you wish me to move on La Grange and Davis’ Mill with my own division? My stock is out of forage, and I must send this afternoon for a supply into the country.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Brigadier-General.

 

I replied,

You need not move now but keep a watch on those fellows at Davis Mills and if they remain there a few days, we may be able to move out and attack them.  If necessary I can bring a few thousand troops from Corinth sufficient to whip them if they stand or to destroy the Road if they run.

U. S. Grant

Maj Genl

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 81

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 234

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

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