have my own judgement in selecting a Reg. or must I send the 17th Ill Col Norton I have ordered all brige gurads on the south to hurry up there defences have not a piece of artillery in this dist that I know of can you send one out to this post" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Rawlins issued Special Field Orders No. 25. "Col. C C. Marsh, 20th Illinois Infy. Vols., is hereby assigned to the command of the District of the Tallahatchie and will relieve Col R C. Murphy. Col Murphy is hereby assigned to the command of the Post of Holly Springs, Mississppi." DS, ibid., RG 94, Dept. of the Tenn., General Orders; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., General and Special Orders; ibid., Special Orders; DLC-USG, V, 26, 27, 91.
On Dec. 14, Du Bois, Abbeville, telegraphed to USG. "The road is guard from down to the tank three miles south of Waterford by the 100st 103rd & 109th The Road from the Tank to the river will require nearly a Regt I will then have one Regt left of those which have reported the twenty seventh (27th) Iowa & 12th Indiana Will One Regt be Enough from here to Oxford The Orderly will wait at Abbeville for an answer" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Du Bois. "There should be two Regts this side of the river. The 17th Ills. will be at Holly Springs if not there now." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 15, Du Bois telegraphed to USG. "I will send an order for the Seventeenth 17 Illinois to come this side of the Tallahatchie The bottom of the Tallahatchie will have to be corduroyed if you wish to transport rations with wagons the Railroad bridge over the River is being built very slowly. I will send you a written report of the Railroad guards tomorrow" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, George G. Pride, Abbeville, telegraphed to USG. "The rain this morning has detained our work at the Tallahatchie but I have everything going as possible & think supplies leaving here early wednesday morning early will go without delay" Telegram received, ibid.
Dec. 13th 1862
Bowers is here just returning and I take advantage of the occation to write you a few lines. I did intend moving Hd Quarters south to Springdale to-day but as it looks so much like rain and there is no special necessity for it I will not move until Monday 1 or Teusday next. I have had no letter from home since