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

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To Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut

Holly Springs Miss
Dec 30th 1862

MAJ GEN S A HURLBUT
COMM'DG DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS TENN

Your communication enclosing dispatch from Washington 1 was duly received. As you are not in sufficient health to take the field I will be very glad to retain you in command at Memphis for the present

In fact I have been somewhat troubled who I could send there to relieve you. Genl Davies has a force of 5000 at Columbus, where one Regiment is the greatest abundance to hold the place and has been during all of the late scare—I have directed him to reduce his garrison to what I was before sending all the spare troops to Memphis. 2 My Cavalry force is very weak, but if the 2000 Cavalry belonging to Hovey's command are still on this side of the river, I will be able to send you one Regiment of it. I have ordered this Cavalry to report here. 3 I am now opening the Memphis and Charleston road and have placed a large force on the road to protect it. With the additional forces you will receive from Columbus you will be able to hold the road to Germantown. The balance will be provided for from here. No special news here. An unofficial dispatch received last evening from Humboldt says that our troops now have Forrest in a tight place

The Tennessee has risen and our troops I believe have destroyed all the flats on the river. With a sufficient Cavalry force Forrest's fate would be sealed. Infantry however he may succeed in evading

U S GRANT
Maj Gen

Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 508. On Dec. 30, 1862, Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, Memphis, wrote to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "I desire to report to the Major

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