War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0550 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, January 9, 1863.

Major-General GRANT, Holly Springs, Miss.:

Ewing's brigade has been sent by General Wright to report to you at Memphis. How many troops has Sherman, and how many more can you send him,and when?

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

LA GRANGE, TENN., January 9, 1863-9 p.m.

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

General Sherman has 32,000 men, less casualties. I can send from 12,000 to 15,000 more. I am on my way to Memphis to attend to all wants of the expedition.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

LA GRANGE, January 9, 1863.

Major-General GRANT:

Lee had cavalry all over the country yesterday for 20 miles south of railroad, and reports only about 400 guerrillas under Blythe not far from Hernando. There is no danger of attack.

C. S. HAMILTON,

Brigadier-General.

CAIRO, January 9, 1863- 1 p.m.

General GRANT:

Will send one light-draught gunboat, bullet-proof, one-fourth manned. I can do no more. Can't you place under the command of her captain soldiers enough to work her guns?

A. M. PENNOCK,

Fleet Captain.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WESTERN KENTUCKY,

Numbers 8.

Louisville, January 9, 1863.

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IV. Brigadier General Hugh Ewing, commanding brigade, will proceed without delay with his command by river to Memphis, Tenn., and will report on his arrival at that place to Major General U. S. Grant.

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By command of Brigadier General J. T. Bolye:

A. C. SEMPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, January 10, 1863.

Major-General WRIGHT,

Cincinnati, Ohio:

Are there not fractional regiments organized in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois which can be consolidated by the Governors and immediately