by me for this promotion without his knowledge of the fact and solely for what I conceived to be his merit as a soldier.
I am sir, very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP, M1113 CB 1863. Col. C. Carroll Marsh was nominated on Jan. 19, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln for promotion to brig. gen. to rank from Nov. 29, 1862, but was not confirmed.
Oxford, Dec 13th 1862
COL. DICKEY COMMDG CAVALRY DIV.
I want you to strike the Mobile road as far South as possible and follow up North, dstroying it all you can. Particular roads to pass over cannot be given. You may encounter difficulties that will defeat the object of the expedition. I do not want any great risk run but leave this entirely to your judgment.
Dodge starts a force of probably 2500. men from Corinth southward to day intended to cooperate with you. 1 If practicable you might continue North until you meet them and return by Pontotoc 2 to the front.
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, 410.
On Dec. 13, 1862, Col. T. Lyle Dickey telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Hatch with 1300 will camp tonight near paris twelve miles east of Water Valley I leave Misner in Command of first & third Brigades near Water Valley to report direct to Maj Gen Grant I suggest that a strong Cavalry demonstration be made tomorrow from Water Valley toward Coffeevill & east of that road to favor my departure on that road. At Paris I will take eight hundred picked & horses & try the riffle dispatches recd from you by telegraph" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On Dec. 14, Dickey telegraphed to Rawlins. "Your directions by Telegraph Just Recd I start tomorrow morning with eight hundred men without wagons for the post indicated I send three hundred 300 to make a demonstration towards