To Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson
Holly Springs Miss Dec 27. 1862
MAJ GENL J B MCPHERSON
So soon as the Cavalry returns
1 I want two Companies, the
freshest that can be got, to send through to Memphis From
what I understand that road can be put in order in a few days I
want in that case to order Quinby to return by the state line road
guarding the road from Germantown until he meets the Cars,
with his Division, and send his supplies through by [r]ail
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 499. On Dec. 27, 1862, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson,
Abbeville, telegraphed to USG. "Will send Two companies of Cavalry to Report
to you as soon as some come in have not heard a word from Col Hatch since he
left Oxford in [the] direction of Rocky Ford & t[aking] all the Cavalry I had in
cam[p] [—] the escort companies were [—] out early this morng to the [—]
under Comd of Col Stevenson who has gone out with 3 Regts of Infy & one
hundred & fifty (150) wagons on a grand foraging expedition" Telegram
received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On Dec. 29,
McPherson telegraphed to USG. "Colonel Hatch returned with his cavalry last
evening without having met the enemy. He went within 10 miles of Pontotoc,
to Rocky Ford, and New Albany." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 505.
1. On Dec. 26, Col. John K. Mizner, "19 miles south of Ripley," wrote to
USG. "Van Dorn is making his way back to Pemberton as fast as he can go. I
have followed him as closely as possible. I am 19 miles from Pontotoc, but may
go there. Unless I can learn that a force of ours is south of Van Dorn, further
pursuit will be useless to-morrow I shall turn back towards Oxford—If I can
make him fight I will do so. I have taken many prisoners." ALS, DNA, RG 393,
Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 493. On Dec. 27,
4:00 P. M., Mizner, "Pott's Farm 15 miles S. W. from Holly Springs," wrote to
USG. "Col Hatch with his Command arrived at New Albany four hours after I
had passed. I continued the pursuit nine miles south of that place, when being
convinced that farther pursuit would be fruitless and, having gone to a point
further south than our lines extended, I turned west and camped at King's Bridge
7 miles west of New Albany last night. Col Hatch reported to me by letter at
6 P. M. he was at New Albany. I directed him to proceed by the most prac-
ticable route to our advance post. He will go via Water ford to Abbeyville. My
Command is exhausted from fatigue & were drenched by the rain last night, I
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