Holly Springs Miss
Dec 31st 1862
BRIG GEN C S HAMILTON
LA GRANGE TENN
Instructions were sent to Quinby at Memphis to return by the state line road until he meets the cars then to guard the road from there to Memphis as the work progresses. Davies was ordered to send all his spare force to Memphis and Hurlbut to guard the road to Germantown as soon as they arrive. Cavalry has been ordered from here to escort wagons back to their Divisions Hawkins has gone or will go to La Fayette and is instructed to send all the wagons of your command on with their provisions or a part of it. Same with Denver's train. Some provisions will have to be taken out to send to Corinth
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 30, 1862, Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton, La Grange, telegraphed to USG. "Two of McArthur's brigades are at Moscow; the other (Crocker's) will reach La Fayette to-morrow. I will recall Smith's regiments from those places. McArthur reports large numbers of guerrillas along the road west. I hope the cavalry will reach Moscow to-morrow" O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 509. On Dec. 31, Hamilton telegraphed to USG. "Have instructions been sent to Gen Quinby what to do with his trains when he reaches the cars the 93d Ind will be withdrawn from Moscow & placed midway to this place" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Also on Dec. 31, USG sent two additional telegrams to Hamilton. "McArthur can guard the road from five to ten miles west of La Fayette and Quinby the rest of the way to Memphis until Hurlbut receives his reenforcements from Columbus. Both Division Commanders can then draw eastward" "I have ordered Lee to go immediately forward to Moscow and report to you from there by telegraph. The road is all in good order from La Fayette to Memphis but will be destroyed by Guerillas if not protected. Send word to Quinby to dispose of his force for its protection and patrol with the Cavalry as soon as it gets up" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 1, 1863, Hamilton telegraphed to USG. "There were indications of a rebel force a few miles north of this place last night, and confirmed this morning. We are all right here. In ordering me here last night I intended to clean out this force. It may be a part of Forrest's force, but think it is only a congregation of guerrillas to the