Holly Springs Miss Jan 8, 1863
BRIG GENL C S HAMILTON
LA GRANGE TENN
It meets my views for you to go to Memphis should it be necessary to send reinforcements to Vicksburg you will go in command of them, or Hurlbut will and leave you in command of the remainder of his corps 1 This I will leave entirely to Hurlbut. I will be in La Grange tomorrow and I think go on to Memphis immediately
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Earlier on Jan. 8, 1863, Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton telegraphed to USG. "smiths Div has moved except the Regt on R R which will be relieved & moved today I Shall have then no troops here if Hurlbut Corps now embraces my Comd I have no Command at all shall be glad of a speedy assignment to duty & do not wish to remain idle" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, USG twice telegraphed to Hamilton. "Genl Hurlbut has not yet reported for duty with his Army Corps, and cannot for a number of days. In the meantime your command will not be changed When Hurlbut does arrive you will probably be assigned as indicated in a former dispatch, that is to the command of two Districts or Divisions in the Field" "Have Quinby and McArthur ready to move to Memphis at once. They must move along the line of the road to protect it and only leave their present places as other troops arrive to take them" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, Hamilton again telegraphed to USG. "Will you be here order for Mcarthur & Quinby is sent I will go to Memphis in the morning" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
Also on Jan. 8, Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson, telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "The last orders I have recd place Lagrange in my district Gen Logan has Assumed Command should I not be notified" Telegram received, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Sullivan. "Your District will not include LaGrange and Grand Junction during the stay of troops organized into Brigades and Divisions" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.