|DEC. 9. USG prepared to send cav. under Col. T. Lyle Dickey to cut the Mobile and Ohio Railroad.|
|DEC. 13. Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside suffered a major defeat in the battle of Fredericksburg, Va.|
|DEC. 15. C. S. A. Brig. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest crossed the Tennessee River on an expedition into west Tenn. to cut USG's lines.|
|DEC. 16. At New Orleans, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks assumed command of the Dept. of the Gulf, replacing Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler.|
|DEC. 17. USG issued General Orders No. 11 expelling all Jews from the Dept. of the Tenn. On Jan. 4, 1863, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck ordered USG to revoke these orders.|
|DEC. 18. USG received orders to reorganize troops in the Dept. of the Tenn. into the 13th Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand; the 15th Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman; the 16th Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut; and the 17th Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson.|
|DEC. 18. Forrest defeated U. S. cav. at Lexington, Tenn.|
|DEC. 19. Dickey returned from his cav. expedition with word that C. S. A. Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn's cav. was advancing on Holly Springs, Miss.|
|DEC. 20. Van Dorn captured Holly Springs and destroyed USG's supplies. USG began to withdraw his army northward.|
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863. Volume: 7. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1979. Page number: xxi.
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