War of the Rebellion: Serial 011 Page 0097 Chapter XXII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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morning with all the troops on the outer lines until our cavalry force can be organized (one regiment of your army will finish crossing soon) and a sufficient and infantry support to follow them are ready for a move.

Under the instructions which I have previously received and a dispatch also of to-day from Major-General Halleck, it will not then do to advance beyond Pea Ridge, or some point which we can reach and return in a day. General Halleck will probably be here himself to-morrow. Instructions have been sent to the different division commanders not included in your command to be ready in the morning either to find if an enemy was in front or to advance.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Pittsburg, April 8, 1862.

Major General JOHN A. McCLERNAND,

Commanding First Division:

I have instructed Taylor's cavalry to push out the road toward Corinth, to ascertain if the enemy have retreated; and, if so, to return the information to you and General Sherman. Should they be retreating, I want all the cavalry belonging to the entire command to follow them, supported by three or four brigades of infantry. It will not, after the rain of last night, be practicable to move artillery. You will furnish one of the brigades.

By command of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNumbers A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Pittsburg, April 8, 1862.

General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN,

Commanding Fifth Division:

I have instructed Taylor's cavalry to push out the road toward Corinth, to ascertain if the enemy have retreated; and, if so, return the information to yourself and General McClernand, who would support him with sufficient infantry (the roads will not be practicable for artillery) to enable him to push the reconnaissance into the Bad [Bark?] road between here and Corinth.

By command of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNumbers A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Pittsburg, April 8, 1862.

Major General D. C. BUELL:

In making the reconnaissance ordered for this morning none of the cavalry belonging to your command was directed to take part. I have

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