BY TELEGRAPH FROM Oxford [Dec. ] 18 , 1862
To GEN SULLIVAN
Get the position of the Troops that have crossed the Tenn & collect your forces all that can be spared from the rail road & attack them You can take one regiment & the Tenn cavalry from Bolivar & get one regiment from Davies & probably two from Dodge Let me know your plans. Telegraph through Gen Davies to Genl Lowe at Fort Henry movements of enemy
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received; copies (dated Dec. 17, 1862), ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18,30,91. Dated Dec. 18 in O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 429. On Dec. 17, Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan telegraphed to USG. "Couriers sent by Captain Carter, Tennessee cavalry, report force of several thousand rebel cavalry with battery 7 miles this side of Clifton, near McCorkle's, estimated 10,000. I have had out since yesterday p. m. 600 cavalry with a section, with orders to proceed to Clifton. I have heard nothing from them." Ibid., p. 423.
On Dec. 17, Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, Nashville, telegraphed to USG. "Bragg was in Murfreesboro this morning. Withers, Cheatham & Breckenridge, there yesterday reviewed there by Jeff Davis Saturday. Hardee at Trinue 12 miles west on same day. Scouts from Waynesboro two days ago, no troops moving that way then. Davis said Middle Tenn. must, could & should be held. Forrest cavalry may & probably will cross & make a raid on you. They have too many cavalry for my little force. I dont think any more will be done. Jeff Davis left on Sunday for Mobile." Copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xx, part 2, 192. This telegram is printed ibid., I, xvii, part 2, 423, as addressed to Sullivan.
December 17th 1862
HON. E. B. WASHBURN,
Permit me to introduce to you Capt. G. A. Williams of the 1st United States Infantry.