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

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his men were all mounted crossed with five or six pieces of artillery—all Quiet here—" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Military Division of the Miss.


To Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan

BY TELEGRAPH FROM Holly Springs [Dec. 23] 186[2]

To GEN SULLIVAN

Instruct all your Post Commanders to collect all the forage beef cattle and fat hogs in their vicinity belonging to Secessionists and have them issued by the commissary & Quarter-Master‐ Send some forage and Cattle to Corinth immediately or as soon as possible; they are out of rations

U S. GRANT
Maj Gen

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, 465.

On Dec. 23, 1862, 11:00 A. M., Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson, telegraphed to USG. "An order was issued for the troops at Grand Junction and La Grange to fall back to Bolivar. They were unable to obey on account of the enemy being in their rear. Shall I reissue the order ? No news of the rebels. I will be able to reach Trenton to-day with cars." Ibid., p. 464. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Sullivan. "The order to fall back to Bolivar was countermanded I now have three Rgiments of cavalry and four of infantry besides the old garrison there think they will be able to take care of all the rebels this side of Bolivar" 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, 464. On the same day, Sullivan sent two additional telegrams to USG, the second at 6:20 P. M. "Colonel Ingersoll has just come in. He thinks the rebels have gone to Columbus and then to cross over and destroy Rosecrans' line of railroad. They number at least 7,500 men. Their intention was to destroy stores at Jackson, having been informed of our exact force by a Tennessee officer in United States forces. I am ordering my available force north and will try and have the road repaired in a week." "I will occupy Trenton to-morrow. I have sent a force toward Denmark and north side of Hatchie. General Haynie is pushing north on railroad with a force strong enough to open the road." Ibid., p. 465.

Also on Dec. 23, Brig. Gen. Isham N. Haynie, Humboldt, telegraphed to USG. "I left Oxford the next morning after

I saw you came to Jackson Same day found forces concentrated there & trouble Generally I declined to

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