your.part; but I believe you are equal to it, and you have the best and most experienced troops in the service, and they will do anything that is possible.
General Grierson is with you, and is familiar with the whole country.
I will send up from Hains Bluff an expedition of gunboats and transports combined to feel up the Yazoo,Sturgis has started this morning to assume command of all the cavalry at or near Memphis, with which he will sally out and attack Forrest wherever he may be. General Grierson may seize all the horses and mules in Memphis to mount his men and be ready for the arrival of General Sturgis, and Buckland's brigade of infantry should be hundred strong; about, one thousand men floating, who are camped in the fort; near four thousand black troops; three thousand enrolled and armed militia, and all Grierson's cavalry, ten thousand nine hundred and eighty-three, according to my last returns, of which surely not over three thousand are on furlough.
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