Sept 22 1863. Gen. Hurlbut has forwarded me the following message from Gen. Halleck,
September 15, 1863-5 p.m.
Major General S. A. HURLBUT,
All the troops that can possibly be spared in Western Tennessee and on the Mississippi River should be sent without delay to assist General Rosecrans on the Tennessee River. Urge Sherman to act with all possible promptness. If you have boats send them down to bring up his troops. Information just received indicates that a part of Lee’s army has been sent to re-enforce Bragg.
H. W. HALLECK,
I wrote Gen. Halleck,
VICKSBURG, MISS., VIA MEMPHIS,
September 22, 1863-10.30 a.m. (Received, 12.40 a.m., 29th.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Your dispatch to Major-General Hurlbut of the 15th instant, directing re-enforcements to be sent Major-General Rosecrans, is just received. I have ordered two divisions from here, one from each the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Army Corps. The one from the Seventeenth Army Corps is already on steamboats between Vicksburg and Helena, having been previously ordered to Steele. Hurlbut should be able to send one full division, if not two, besides the troops that may return from the expedition against Little Rock, and I have so directed. General Banks has asked for another division. This, of course, I cannot send him, in view of what you require for Rosecrans. Should more troops be required from here for Rosecrans, there is sufficient time for orders to reach before transportation can be had. An army corps commander will be sent in command of all troops from here.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 228-30
O.R., I, xxx, part 1, p 162
O.R., I, xxx, part 3, p 720-1