Battle of Iuka Telegraphs
- Doh! Apparently, Rosecrans *was* communicating with Grant via the
telegraph. The O.R. entries make it sound like he received the notes
via courier, but in PUSG the messages from Rosecrans are all via
So we have, paraphrased:
Sent: Sept 18th
I am running behind. 20 miles from Iuka. Hope to begin march at
4:30 a.m. so I can make it by 1 or 2 p.m.
Sent: Sept. 19th 6 a.m. Received: 9 a.m.
I am 18 miles from Iuka, hope to make it by 2 p.m.
Sent: Sept. 19th 12:40 p.m. Received: (est.) 4:00 p.m.
One division is up, the head of my second division is up, we are
skirmishing. I have sent cavalry and one brigade to the east to cut
... no mention of when Rosecrans might be prepared to attack ...
... then we have a 10 hour gap (!!!) ...
Sent: Sept. 19th 10:30 p.m. Received: (est.) 2:30 a.m.
We are finished fighting.
Remember, of course ... Rosecrans has told Grant that the country
south of Iuka is open land, so Grant has no reason to suspect that
Rosecrans will not be able to bring his artillery to bear upon the