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

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At the same time, Col. T. Lyle Dickey, chief of cav., was sent to Springfield, Ill., to hurry forward additional cav. DS, DNA, RG 94, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; DLC-USG, V, 26, 27.
2.
On Dec. 31, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson. "The wagon trains of the Right Wing of the army in the field will arrive at Lafayette & be ready to start from there to join their respective Divisions by about 12 M on the 1st Proximo. You will send cavalry to escort them to be ready by that time. Three hundred (300) men will be sufficient.... P. S. Foregoing order has been given to Col Grierson" Telegram received, McPherson Papers, NjR; copies (dated Dec. 30, addressed to Grierson), DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 31, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "I understand that three hundred 300 Cavalry will go from Col Griersons Command to escort train & that I am not to send any from here" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, USG telegraphed to McPherson. "I have ordered Cavalry from here to escort wagon trains back from Lafayette to their divisions—Cavalry will leave here after muster" Telegram received, McPherson Papers, NjR; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
3.
On Dec. 30, McPherson twice telegraphed to USG. "I have no special news from the front am Expecting this Evening some scouts whom I sent out three days ago with directions to go to grenada if possible two of them went as far as Tray a few miles N W of grenada where they were stopped by the rebel pickets One was turned back & the other got a pass to go in & it is the latter whom I am Expecting back tonight There has been some rebel cavalry in Oxford & a company came up very near Abbeville—I sent over Early this morning four hundred 400 cavalry with instructions to scout on the Pontotoc & Oxford roads & to go as far as Oxford or beyond Hatchs cavalry came back with their horses very much jaded as soon as they rest a little I will send them out in" Telegram received (incomplete), ibid., Telegrams Received. "Colonel Hatch's cavalry went into Oxford to-day; captured 2 prisoners belonging to Colonel Slemons' regiment. They scouted country 2 miles south of Oxford; encountered and chased about 60 rebel cavalry. Failed to find out anything about movements of enemy." O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 509.

To Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton

Holly Springs Miss Dec 30th 1862

BRIG GEN C. S. HAMILTON
LAGRANGE TENN

Lee's Brigade of Cavalry has been ordered to you immediately after muster. McPherson's Cavalry will escort his wagons back to their Divisions

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