HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Corinth, Miss., October 2, 1862.
The general commanding directs that you prepare your command to move by 3 o'clock with three days' rations. Move by the bridge road, leaving a regiment as a guard at the bridge. Come to near General Grant's old headquarters and report for orders. The outpost at Kossuth will come in.
[H. G. KENNETT,]
Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,
Jackson, Tenn., October 2, 1862.
I. In pursuance of orders from the Surgeon-General of the Army, Washington, D. C., Surg. Horace R. Wirtz, U. S. Army, is hereby assigned to duty as chief medical director of the District of West Tennessee.
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By order of Major General U. S. Grant:
JNO. A. RAWLINS,
BOLIVAR, TENN., October 3, 1862.
Major General U. S. GRANT, Jackson, Tenn.:
I have sent a heavy cavalry reconnaissance toward Pocahontas. My own division has only two brigades, each of five regiments. Ross has four brigades. I will hold eight regiments ready to march as soon as I hear from thee roads south and west. No further news from Pocahontas. It is reported that the exchanged prisoners from Vicksburg are arriving at Davis' Mill.
[S. A. HURLBUT,]
BOLIVAR, [October] 3, 1862.
I understand it to be my duty to relieve Rosecrans at all hazards if he is still at Corinth. I can't return before Sunday p. m., the distance being 46 miles. On reaching Davis' Bridge I shall of course know whether the enemy are repulsed or not; if not repulsed, I propose to cut through; if repulsed, to destroy their line of retreat in this direction.
S. A. HURLBUT,
BOLIVAR, TENN., [October] 3, 1862.
By column will move at 3 o'clock a. m. in marching order with three days' provisions. I have ordered General Ross to select two regiments