On Dec. 14, Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson, wrote to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "The reported crossing of the Tennessee River by a large guerrilla force seems to be false. The country south of Hatchie is not in my command, but I propose to visit it with all my cavalry and three regiments of infantry during this week. I will have at La Grange and Grand Junction, as soon as I can procure arms and equipments, about 500 cavalry. An advance made by Hurlbut toward the Hatchie and my troops marching on the south side toward Somerville will clear all the guerrillas from the haunts in that direction. Commanders of posts and regiments are unable to make their monthly returns for November for want of blanks. I am without any for my own headquarters. Can you supply?" O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 413. On Dec. 15, 6:30 P. M. and 9:50 P. M., Sullivan twice telegraphed to USG. "Forrest is crossing Tennessee at Clifton. A large force of cavalry is crossing above. Bragg's army is reported by scouts to be moving this way, through Waynesborough. It has been raining hard all day." Ibid., p. 415. "I will detain the detachment of fifth O Cav & two 2 Regts infantry a few days until I can by actual observation know what is going on at Tenn River" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Oxford Dec 16—1862
I will move head Quarters on the Thursday 1—Is there a house near the Railroad north side of the River—News from Tennessee is that some of Braggs forces are at waynesboro moving west—Forrest moving on clifton no special orders for you —Grierson has returned & will join you tomorrow
U S GRANT
Telegram received, McPherson Papers, NjR.
On Dec. 12, 1862, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson had written to USG. "Enclosed I send you a Sketch showing the relative positions of the different Divisions of my Command. Genl. Denver's Division came up about two P. M. to day and Genl. Lauman's about Four—I have had a large force building and repairing bridges to day & the 'Free Bridge' across the Yick-na-pa-ta-fa will be