“Threatened at all other points, I cannot send out forces to drive him away.”

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,

Major-General.

CORINTH, September 30, 1862.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 95

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 243

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