Thursday, July 31, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee

I sent the following report to General Grant at Corinth.

HDQRS. FIFTH DIVISION, ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Memphis, Tennessee, July 31, 1862.

Colonel JOHN A. RAWLINS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Corinth, Miss.:

SIR: A scouting party returned last night from Colliersvile and beyond; captured some officers and guerrillas; also intercepted several letters from Tupelo, from which it appears that the whole army was on the point of starting for Nashville via Chattanooga. I take it for granted you are advised of this, and I merely repeat it as confirmatory. I inclose one of the letters.

All quiet here and hereabouts.

I have supplied General Curtis my extra ammunition. Will you please order the ordnance officer at Saint Louis to fill my requisitions for ammunition and ordnance to arm the fortifications now under construction here, either drawing from Pittsburg or the forts above?

I am, &c.,

W. T. SHERMAN

Major-General

The rebel cavalry have broken our railroad from Columbus, Ky to Corinth, Mississippi and cut the telegraph.  I have requested that the message be sent from Columbus.

HDQRS. FIFTH DIVISION, ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Memphis, Tenn., July 31, 1862.

General I. F. QUINBY,
Commanding, Columbus, Ky.:

SIR: I received yours, inclosing dispatches from General Grant, and would be obliged if you would telegraph him the contents of the within letter and then send it to him by mail.

Colonel Grierson, Sixth Illinois Cavalry, who commanded the scout yesterday to Colliersville, learned that a brigade of the enemy had moved up to within 7 miles of Bolivar and then backed out. There has been a rumor that Bolivar had been attacked, but I do not believe it; it is more probable the bulk of the forces have gone toward Chattanooga and Nashville.

Curtis is preparing to move on Little Rock. He is still at Helena.

I hear the fleet has raised the siege of Vicksburg.

I am fortifying here below Memphis, but dispose my troops to cover the town.

Yours, truly,

W. T. SHERMAN

Major-General.

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