War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0232 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,

Numbers 199.

Corinth, Miss., September 21, 1862.

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III. Brigadier General Thomas J. McKean is hereby assigned to the command of the Sixth Division, Army of the Tennessee.

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By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GRANT'S HEADQUARTERS,

Near Corinth, Miss., September 22, 1862-10.40 a. m.

General H. W. HALLECK:

Will try to set an expedition on foot for the destruction of rebel boats on the Yazoo. Do I understand that I am to have the co-operation of Steele's forces-cavalry particularly?

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

GRANT'S HEADQUARTERS,

Near Corinth, Miss., September 22, 1862.

General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

I would respectfully request that some of the new regiments now organizing be sent to this command. They could be of great service in guarding railroad and posts that must be occupied, and where they would be behind breastworks. At Memphis one regiment could be well employed, without arms, in manning the siege guns.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General, Commanding.

BOLIVAR, September 22, 1862.

Major-General GRANT:

My cavalry pickets have been to the creek near Van Buren, 8 miles south, and report the camp of rebels broken up. They are supported to have returned. They were 10,000 strong, as reported. Their precise course not know; went off in three bodies. It would be well to look closely to the railroad to-night. I have every precaution taken against a flank attack and think I am too strong in front. In the morning early I shall report further and ask orders if report is favorable to move down.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Brigadier-General.

BOLIVAR, September 22, 1862.

Major-General GRANT:

On yesterday morning at 2 a. m. the Confederate forces in three columns moved out from Davis' Mill-about twenty regiments of infantry, five batteries of artillery, and about 1,000 cavalry. They followed Lauman up to Middleburg, 9 miles from here, and ran trains up there, I