The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863 - Vol. 7

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To Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan

BY TELEGRAPH FROM Grants Head Qrs [Dec. 18] 186[2] To GEN SULLIVAN

Col Lowe is instructed to move from Fort Heiman with ten to twelve hundred to get in rear of the Enemy Dodge will also be up with a force there are now five 5 light draft gun boats in Tennessee so that if you get Enemy on retreat & push them I Expect to hear a good account from Jackson tomorrow

U S GRANT
Maj. Genl

Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 431. Earlier on Dec. 18, 1862, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson. "Have you made preperations to get forces from Corinth Dont fail to get up a force & attack the enemy. Never wait to have them attack you" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 430. See letter to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Dec. 19, 1862.

Also on Dec. 18, Col. Robert C. Murphy, Holly Springs, telegraphed to USG. "Have reed the following from Lagrange I am ordered by Gen Sullivan to send our force at this point & Grand Junction to Jackson he orders me to notify

you to send troops to these points Send immediately by Rail that I may have trains to send forward the forces at this place Signed J RICHMOND Cmdg Shall I send what troops I can spare to Lagrange & Grand Junction" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins telegraphed to Murphy. "You have no troops to send that can be spared from their present duties. So notify Brig.-Genl. Sullivan" Copy, DLC-USG, V, 91. On the same day, Murphy telegraphed to Rawlins. "Genl Sullivan has ordered his troops at Lagrange & Grand Junction to Jackson & requests Col Richmond at Lagrange to ask me to supply their place by troops from here shall I send the 62d Ills & 2 co's of the 29th to Lagrange & Grand Junction I can get cars in about an hour" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Murphy. "Send the 62nd Illinois and two Companies of the 29th Illinois to LaGrange and Grand Junction to garrison those places as soon as possible and if cars are not needed to move troops from those places to Jackson—let the cars return immediately to Holly Springs where they may be needed" Copies, DLC‐ USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Also on Dec. 18, Rawlins telegraphed to Murphy. "Send the 62nd Ills and two companies of 29th Ills through to Jackson if they have gone forward from Holly Springs Telegraph to Grand Junction to the officer in command to go on to Jackson. A regiment will

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