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

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To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck

Oxford Miss
Dec 21st 1862 8 P M

MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF

The Rebel cavalry commanded by Van Dorn made dash into Holly Springs yesterday at daylight captured the troops stores &c Their movement from the Yallabusha was very rapid I heard of them crossing and ordered force to Pontatac to intercept them but they travelled as rapidly as the Scouts who brought the news—next their departure from Pontotoc going north was reported All my available cavalry was ordered in pursuit and are still out—as the rebels out number them three to one I dont expect much When communication was broken with the north I had troops concentrate to resist attack on Jackson Dont know the result If Enemy falling back north of the Tallahatchie I may find it necessary to send forces to Corinth. I would like to send two Divisions more to Memphis and join the River Expedition with them This would make it necessary to fall back to Bolivar The Enemy are falling back from Grenada—

U S GRANT
Maj Gen Comdg

Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, Generals' Papers and Books, Telegrams Received by Gen. Halleck; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88, 91. O. R., I, xvii, part I, 477. This telegram was not received at Washington until 8:45 P. M., Dec. 26, 1862. On Dec. 27, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "I think no more troops should at present be sent against Vicksburg. I fear you have already too much weakened your own forces. Concentrate and hold only the more important points." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 108, Telegrams Sent; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88. O.R., I, xvii, part 1, 478.

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