“Forrest should not be allowed to get out of the trap he has placed himself in at Paducah”

I have received word that Confederate Gen. Nathan B. Forrest has conducted a raid against Paducah, Kentucky.  Paducah is well away from any rebel controlled territory so it will be difficult for him to escape.  I wrote Gen. Sherman,

CULPEPER, March 26, 1864 – 10 p. m.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN, and

COMMANDING OFFICER AT MEMPHIS:

Forrest should not be allowed to get out of the trap he has placed himself in at Paducah. Send Grierson with all your cavalry with orders to find and destroy him wherever found. If General Sherman has sent instructions they will govern.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 257

O.R., I, xxxii, part 3, p 155

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