Holly Springs, Miss., Jan. 4, 1863
BRIG. GEN'L. G. M. DODGE
Scout just in from Pototoc. 1 Found out nothing reliable but report said Van Dorn had gone east Was getting up all the Cavalry and partizan rangers he could. He evidently means mischief. I will direct rations to be sent to you as fast as possible, and order Sullivan to send you forage. 2
U. S. GRANT,
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 532.
On Jan. 3, 1863, USG had telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge. "The enemys Cavalry and mounted Infantry has been collecting at Pontotoc with a design no doubt of getting into our rear or possibly to reinforce Forrestt. Keep a sharp lookout for him and dont let him get across the Tuscumbia if it can be helped" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, 16th Army Corps; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 524. On Jan. 4, Dodge telegraphed to USG. "Have you any information which way the force is moving that was at Pontotoc or its strength Citizens bring report that a division is to camp near Jacinto tomorrow night it is not safe to go far away from here & take the forces that are necessary to successfully accomplish any thing from some reports that the scouts bring in I am satisfied they know exact strength I have no fears for this place but if they come near me would like to go after them there are reports today of forces crossing the Tenn at head of muscle shoals it comes direct but is not from my own men it may be guard to Smiths train Rhoddy has had one regt of conscripts come within the last week & appears to be accumulating considerable stores at florence Tuscumbia" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: December 9, 1862 - March 31, 1863. Volume: 7. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1979. Page number: 176.
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