Oxford, Dec 11th 1862 11-30 A. M.
COL. DICKEY, SPRINGDALE, MISS.
Lieut. Wilson 1 has gone to the front. You need not start east until Saturday. 2 Strike the road as far south as possible and travel North along it doing all the damage possible. I will instruct Dodge to move out a Brigade from Corinth. Send your sick back here.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 399. On Dec. 11, 1862, Col. T. Lyle Dickey, Springdale, telegraphed to USG. "Flag of truce for Col McCulloughs body not returned third (3d) Mich. Cavaly moving to point south of this & to throw guard forward to R R bridge at Water Valley. Lees Command in Camp 2 miles north of this I take Hatches Brig & three (3) cos. 2d Iowa from Lees Brig for the detour east when shall I start & by what route. shall I travel I want orders shall I send to Oxford the debris of the Camp of the men I take east with me please send Lt Wilson to me with maps" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Dickey telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "I have not been furnished with the Countersigns—Where is R E Goodell? I want to see him Where is the 11th Ill. Ify? Col Mizner is over the Yacona guarding Water Valley R R bridge Col Hatch & Lee move tomorrow morning to the outs Lee West of Watervalley & Hatch E of Watervalley I move my Head Quarters tomorrow south of Springdale Why don't Wilson send me a map." Telegram received, ibid.
On Dec. 12, Dickey telegraphed to Rawlins three times, from "Near Springdale," "Water Valley," "McKees Farm." "Let Charlie leave his Baggage with your Hd Qrs & taking his blankets & horse come to me near Watervalley Crossing at the force west of the R R at New Spring Dale" "I have moved my Hd Qrs to McKees farm one mile South East of the free bridge on the road from that bridge to Water valley & about 2 miles South west of Springdale R E Goodell did not come out with Wilson where is Charlie Dickey" "My Div. lies along north bank ofOtuc River about Watervally citizens from south report main Rebel army at Grenada small force at Jackson Road pretty well guarded from Jackson to Vicksburg not a large force at Vicksburg where is Grierson 6 Ill Cav & the 2d Ill Cav Gen Grant talked of modifying Brigades when will this be done Mizen is better than I expected" Telegrams received, ibid. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Dickey. "Start on your eastward expedition early tomorrow morning. Lieut Charles Dickey left here this morning to join you. Lieut Wilson and Goodell started for the front yesterday" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii,