Holly Springs Miss Dec 24, 1862
MAJ GEN'L. J. B MCPHERSON
The following dispatch is just received. Send it to Col Hatch tomorrow morning if possible.
"Near Bolivar Dec 24, 1862
MAJ GEN'L GRANT
I arrived in Bolivar 11 O'clock last night. Pickets at that place were driven in last night. Our presence no doubt saved the place, as it is evident they did not know of our presence until this morning. We struck their trail on Middleburg 1 road this morning, evidently a large force 7 or 8000. My column is now moving. Have been skirmishing all the morning, a number of the enemy killed and wounded: no loss on our side.
Later Middleburg Dec 24
The enemy repulsed from this place by our Infantry, we came up with their rear: they struck off to the left toward the Van Buren road, we are in close pursuit: their number from 5 to 7000. I have but one thousand four hundred men. Cannot the 7th Illinois 3d Iowa and balance of the 3d Mich be sent after me ? From latest information they appear to be going Southeast. Will keep you advised as well as possible B. H. GRIER‐ SON Commdg
U. S. GRANT Maj. Gen'l
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 474. The copy in DLC-USG, V, 18, is misdated Dec. 23, 1862. On Dec. 24, 8:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, "North side of Tallahatchie," wrote to USG. "My command is in camp on the North side of the Tallahatchie, with the exception of Col Leggett's Brigade, which I left at Abbeville, with one battery of Artillery, to assist in guarding the cotton &c until it can be removed. Left Oxford at 12 oclock 'M.' Everything in that vicinity quiet. Co'l Hatch left Oxford at 12. o'clock last night in an east, north east direction, to try and intercept the rebels. Have not heard from him yet. Your despatch enclosing