men than I could safely forward would be required. I received the following from him late last night:
WASHINGTON, June 4, 1863
Major General STEPHEN A. HURLBUT, Memphis:
General Schofield has sent down the river eight regiments and three batteries Burnside is sending 8,000 men. If Vicksburg falls, the latter will be returned to Kentucky wherever they may be at the time.
H. W. HALLECK
You will excuse my venturing to telegraph as above stated, but I considered time of importance.
I have ordered the SECOND Wisconsin Cavalry (six companies) down the river, and shall send the Fourth Missouri from Columbus.
Respectfully, your obedient servant.
S. A. HURLBUT.
SAINT LOUIS, June 5, 1863.
Major-General GRANT, near Vicksburg:
I send you (yesterday and to-day) eight regiments of infantry and three batteries-about 5,000 men-under command of Major-General Herron.
NEAR Vicksburg, MISS., June 6, 1863.
Major General John A. McClernand,
Commanding Thirteenth Army Corps:
I am going up to Mechanicsburg. Cannot be back before to-morrow night. Make all advance possible in approaches during my absence. Communications signaled to Haynes' Bluff will reach me.
U. S. GRANT.
(Copies furnished Major-Generals Sherman and McPherson.)
LA GRANGE, June 6, 1863/.
Major-General HURLBUT, Memphis:
Your written instructions of June 3, sent to me at Jackson, were received here to-day. Colonel Hatch, with 600 men, starts south to-day; will be gone six days.
R. J. OGLESBY.
LA GRANGE, June 6, 1863.
Lieutenant-Colonel BINMORE, Asst. Adjt. General Memphis:
Colonel Wallace at Collierville. Found rebel pickets on the Coldwater to-day. As I cannot possibly spare infantry from here, could two companies be sent from Germantown to-morrow, to remain until I can get FIFTIETH Indiana from Bolivar? Have only 400 here.
R. J. OGLESBY.
LA GRANGE, TENN., Numbers 13.
I. Colonel James I. Gilbert, commanding Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry Volunteers, will at once proceed with his command, with camp and