Holly Springs, Miss., Jan. 5. 1863
BRIG. GEN'L. C. S. HAMILTON,
LA GRANGE, TENN.,
I foresee the necessity of consolidating the Districts of Jackson and Columbus, and send you there to command. Guerilla parties come in on the road in small parties and pick up operators when they choose.
U. S. GRANT,
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 5, 1863, USG sent three additional telegrams to Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton. "On the arrival of Logan's Division, order Ross to Corinth. The Regiments at Grand Junction and that vicinity not Brigaded order to Jackson. The Regiment in charge of Contrabands may remain where it is until further orders from me." "Has Quinby got his Artillery up yet?" "You need not move any of the Unbrigaded troops until I get up." Copies, ibid. On the same day, Hamilton sent four telegrams to USG. "Sullivan has seven Regts of Smiths Division four of fullers brigade two of Bucklands one of Mowers will you send him orders to send them to Corinth of the rest of Smiths division one regt is at Davis Mill one at Grand Junction two here & one between here & Moscow these last can be put on the cars in very short time but they ought to be replaced" "Is it your wish I should send Morgans Regt which is on R R from Davis Mills to Coldwater to Jackson except that Reg there are only four Cos unbrigaded in this vicinity those are guard of Town" "I hope the order may be delayed for a few days I expect to hear from Washington today as the commucation of LaGrange & Grand Junction is entirely with Memphis Cannot these places be included in the Memphis Dest I would like to see you before my command is changed" "The Troops must go by R R or if they marchthey must go via Bolivar the Rains have sent all rivers out of their banks & no doubt the Temporary bridges on state line Road over Tuscumbia & hatchie are swept away Can they be sent by Rail" Telegrams received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins telegraphed to Hamilton. "We have not cars to spare. They must march via Bolivar" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
Also on Jan. 5, USG twice telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson. "Have you replaced the guards on the line of the Rail Road? It should be done at once. Send the troops from Ross' Division as rapidly as possible to Corinth. You can retain two Regiments until they are replaced from here." "I have three good Regiments between here and Grand Junction not Brigaded that I will send to you as soon as possible. You can retain that number of Regiments until the others arrive" Copies, ibid. On the same day, Sullivan telegraphed to USG. "Six of my regiments are now returning from pursuit of Forrest across the