Sept 30 1862. Reports of the Rebels concentrating their forces continue to arrive. It is unclear whether they mean to threaten Corinth or Bolivar TN. I sent the following telegram to Gen. Halleck:
Major-General HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
Price is now at Ripley, Van Dorn at Somerville, and Villepigue at Salem. It looks as if Van Dorne was trying to effect a lodgment on the Mississippi above Memphis. Threatened at all other points, I cannot send out forces to drive him away. If Helena troops could now be sent across the river I think they would meet with no difficultly in getting to Grenada, and perhaps down on to the Yazoo.
U. S. GRANT,
CORINTH, September 30, 1862.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 95
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 243