“Everything now indicates an early attack on Bolivar or Corinth.”

Oct 29 1862.  I have passed the reports of a threatening Rebel attack along to Gen. Halleck.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

 

Everything now indicates an early attack on Bolivar or Corinth. The rebels have been largely re-enforced, and are moving precisely as they did before the last attack. Price is at Ripley, while a force is in front of Bolivar, with cavalry thrown out in large force toward Somerville. I will be ready to do all that is possible with the means at hand. Re-enforcements not arrived.

 

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

I also informed Gen. McPherson, at Bolivar TN, to be ready for an attack on Bolivar or Corinth.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,
Jackson, Tenn., October 29, 1862.

Major-General MCPHERSON, Bolivar, Tenn.:

Hamilton has just learned the following from one of [Confederate¬† Col. Philip] Roddey’s men now a prisoner:

 

Roddey is ordered to Kentucky; will cross the river at Muscle Shoals en route to Bragg. Roddey moved from Big Springs on Friday. Joe Johnston is reported at Columbus with large force, and is intending to co-operate with Price, moving to the west of Corinth. No supplies and very little force at Tupelo. Price’s movements already commenced.

ELI WHITEHURST.

 

If it is demonstrated that Bolivar is the point of attack, Hamilton is instructed to move by way of Bethel with three divisions to your support. Should Corinth be attacked, be in readiness to move by same route with all the force that can be spared. I will send ten regiments from the line of railroad to the point of attack.

 

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 210,212

O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 302-3, 306-7

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