Nov 19 1861 Wrote Col. William HL Wallace, “Your dispatch is just received. We learn that Thompson left an hour before sundown yesterday. I shall return to Cairo tonight and you can do the same.
“I look upon it as hopeless to run after Jeff when he has none but friends in front. I hope however you may succeed in capturing his artillery of which I understand he has two pieces.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3, p 191