October 23, 1862: Bragg’s getting reinforced and Grant is worried

Ulysses S. Grant

As we’ve seen, Sherman and Grant had been corresponding about the rebel concentration at Holly Springs. Here Rosecrans warns that the Alabama veterans joining Bragg are worth worrying about. Grant goes on to notify Halleck that he thinks that trouble is headed his way. Note that nobody counts on Buell to show up on time.


CORINTH, October 23, 1862.

Major-General GRANT:

I don’t value Price’s conscripts, but I greatly value those Alabama troops. Beware of Bragg; it is nearly time for a few car-loads of his troops to arrive. Depend upon it in less Buell is sharper than heretofore we shall have the devil to pay here. Please answer my personal dispatch.

W. S. ROSECRANS.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

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JACKSON, TENN., October 23, 1862-10 a. m.

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

It is now certain that the rebels have been largely re-enforced at Holly Springs and are strongly fortifying. Pemberton in command. Tilghman in command of exchanged prisoners. They are re-enforced by conscripts, Alabama and Texas troops. Is it not probable that Bragg will come this way?

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

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