with plenty of good water, I have enclosed a 'Sketch' showing the relative positions of of my troops & the routes by which they can march to the position designated. Col: Leggett's Brigade is now encamped on the South side of the 'Yuckna,' the advance being within three miles of Water Valley. Lee's & Mizner's Cavalry is encamped near this creek, Lee's Head Qrs. being about one mile west of Water Valley & Mizner's a short distance east of that place—I can move forward with Logan's Division tomorrowto the Otuckalofa, leaving Denver's and Lauman's Divisions to come up the next day, or I can move them all forward tomorrow, in either case leaving a Regiment temporarily to guard the bridges across the Yuckna—Since writing this, your dispatch in relation to 'Train loaded with provisions' has just been handed me, The first Train load better be left at the 'Yuckna' Station, and the remainder sent forward to Springdale or Water Valley if the whole of my command moves forward tomorrow & the day following" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 428-29.
Head Quarters, Dept of the Tenn.
Oxford, Miss. Dec 17th 1862.
GENL. C. S. HAMILTON.
COMMDG. LEFT. WING. &C
You may instruct McArthur to move up with his Division taking position to the east of Yockna Station. By starting tomorrow at 12 P. M he will be able to make the march by next day evening.
McArthur's Division will furnish a guard for the Station and stores that will be there tomorrow and for that purpose, if practicable, two companies should be sent forward with the Cars.
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, 422-23.