men & wagons at work at Mobile & Columbus day & night on the fortifications.
Rhoddy with six hundred 600 paid us a visit yesterday done but little damage
but passed through Iuka His return with his whole force violating the agreement
made as regards that place—Deserters from Price come in daily one dozen
today" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On Dec. 10, Dodge tele-
graphed to USG. "Yesterday morng there was two Regts of cavalry at Saltillo &
a few Infantry at Tupelo they only form from Enterprise to this place" Tele-
gram received, ibid. Also on Dec. 10, Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson,
telegraphed to USG. "Scouts from Tennessee River report that Bragg is moving
toward Florence. The rebels have large force, say between 6,000 and 8,000, on
east side of Tennessee, from Duck River to Florence. My scouts have been sent
to the river. I will report as soon as heard from." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 398. See
telegram to Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, Dec. 11, 1862.
To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
December 10th 1862
MAJ. GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
GEN. IN CHIEF
WASHINGTON D. C.
Permit me to recommend to you for your influance for promotion to the rank of Brig. Gen. Lieut. Col. Jas. A. Hardie,
A. D. C. to Gen. McClellan. Col. Hardie was a classmate of mine
and consequently an acquaintance of over twenty-three years has
existed. I do not hesitate to say that he is well qualified for the
position, having served continuously in the Army from the time
of his graduation to the present time, and always enjoying the
confidance of those with whom he has been associated.
Whilst a young 2d Lieutenant Col. Hardie was selected for
the position of Major to Col. Stevenson's regiment,
1 and during
that time was probably personally known to you.
The service is already retarded by the appointment of so
many men without Military experiance that I feel as if a great
benefit had been done every time an officer of this class is