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ments must depend upon those of the enemy. I shall not be able to leave here till the first of next week. I will write to you to-day, via Fort Henry and Savannah.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Savannah, April 6, 1862.

General WILLIAM NELSON,

Commanding Division:

An attack having been made on our forces, you will move your entire command to the river opposite Pittsburg. You can obtain a guide easily in the village.

By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNumbers A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Pittsburg, April 6, 1862.

COMMANDING OFFICER ADVANCE FORCES (BUELL'S ARMY),

Near Pittsburg:

The attack on my forces has been very spirited from early this morning. The appearance of fresh troops in the field now would have a powerful effect, both by inspiring our men and disheartening the enemy. If you will get upon the field, leaving all your baggage on the east bank of the river, it will be more to our advantage, and possibly save the day to us. The rebel forces are estimated at over 100,000 men. My headquarters will be in the log building on the top of the hill, where you will be furnished a staff officer to guide you to your place on the field.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Savannah, April 6, 1862.

Brigadier General T. J. WOOD,

Commanding Division, U. S. Forces in Field:

You will move your command with the utmost dispatch to the river at this point, where steamboats will be in waiting to transport you to Pittsburg.

By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

WM. S. HILLYER,

Aide-de-camp.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Pittsburg, April 6, 1862.

General NELSON, Savannah, Tenn.:

I am directed by Major-General Grant to say to you that you will hurry up your command as fast as possible. The boats will be in readi-