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Halleck, H. W. (Henry Wager) (1815-1872) to: Brigadier General Cullum, Cairo.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05601.078 Author/Creator: Halleck, H. W. (Henry Wager) (1815-1872) Place Written: St. Louis Type: Autograph document signed Date: 1862/03/06 Pagination: 1 p. + docket

"If it be true as reported that there is a strong rebel force at Union City [Tn], it seems to me that the garrison is not safe. Could not a gunboat anchor in position below so as to command the rail road? The operations of the enemy in the vicinity of Columbus should be closely watched & care taken to guard against a suprise."

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