“I will now send Sherman to West Tennessee with two more divisions of his corps”

The following telegram from Gen. Halleck has just been delivered to me.  He wrote,

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, D. C., September 13, 1863-1.30 p.m.

Major-General GRANT or

Major-General SHERMAN,


It is quite possible that Bragg and Johnston will move through Northern Alabama to the Tennessee River to turn General Rosecrans’ right, and cut off his communications. All of General Grant’s available forces should be sent to Memphis, thence to Corinth and Tuscumbia, to co-operate with Rosecrans should the rebels attempt that movement.



I replied,

VICKSBURG, MISS., September 25, 1863-12 noon.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,


Your dispatches of the 13th are just this moment received. Have been detained between Cairo and Memphis from the 14th to the 22nd . Under more recent dispatches troops have been moved up the Mississippi. As per dispatch sent 22nd instant, I will now send Sherman to West Tennessee with two more divisions of his corps. This leaves one division of Sherman’s corps here, but it is replaced by one of McPherson’s, already above. I send this to Cairo by a staff officer, who will await dispatches.




The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 233-4

O.R., I, xxx, part 1, p 36

O.R., I, xxx, part 3, p 840-41

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