Jackson against all their force if it numbers 10,000, and meet and whip them if
they are 5,000 strong." "General Dodge telegraphs there are no cars at Corinth.
I have to send train from here, and at present we have no spare engine. Will send
train as soon as possible. Want of information from Colonel Ingersoll as to direc-
tion the enemy are marching keeps me still. I have sent out another party to find
their position and will move to attack them at once. A rumor is here that Ingersoll's
cavalry has been whipped and dispersed; know nothing about it." "The enemy
have attacked my cavalry. They have been fighting all day between Mifflin and
Lexington. I will hold this post till the last." "The enemy are within 4 miles of
this place. My infantry regiments have checked their advance, which seems to be
cavalry. General Dodge is moving against their flank and I will attack in front
to-morrow morning." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 429-30. "My cavalry was whipped
at Lexington to-day, Col. Ingersoll taken prisoner and section of artillery cap-
tured. The enemy are reported to be from 10,000 to 20,000 and still crossing the
river. They are now within six 6 miles of my outposts. I will try and find their
number by daylight." Copy, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle
Reports. O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 551. Ingersoll's Dec. 27 report of the skirmish at
Lexington is ibid., pp. 553-55; that of Brig. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest is ibid., p.
593. See also V. Y. Cook, "Forrest's Capture of Col. R. G. Ingersoll," Confederate
Veteran, XV, 2 (Feb., 1907), 54-55.
See letter to Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand, Dec. 18, 1862.
To Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Oxford [Dec. 19] 1862
TO GENL DODGE
BY COURIER FROM BOLIVAR
Jackson is now moving North with a cavalry force of about
three thousand (3000) He will probably be near the Tallahatchie tonight I will have him followed with cavalry look
out for him
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, Brayman Papers, ICHi; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91;
DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; Dodge Papers, IaHA. O. R., I,
xvii, part 2, 436.
On Dec. 19, 1862, USG sent telegrams, similar to that to Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, to the commanding officers, Holly Springs, Davis' Mill, Grand
Junction, La Grange, and Bolivar. "Jacksons Cavalry Has gone North with the
Intention probably of striking the Rail Road north of this place and cut off our
communication Keep a sharpe lookout and defend the Road at all Hazard a
heavy cavalry force will be in persuet of him from here" Telegram received,
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1979.
Page number: 71.
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