now near Jackson. I have directed such a concentration of Troops that I think they will not many of them get back to the East bank of the Ten.
They will probably succeed however in cutting the road and wires so as to interrupt communication North for a day or two.
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, 428. In a telegram dated only "18," probably sent on Dec. 18, 1862, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson telegraphed to USG. "Is there anything special going on on the extreme left there is a good deal of canndnading & musketry fire" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Also on Dec. 18, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued Special Field Orders No. 27 regulating foraging parties. DS, ibid., RG 94, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; ibid., General and Special Orders; DLC-USG, V, 26, 27, 91. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 433. On Dec. 29, Rawlins issued Special Field Orders No. 35. "Foraging parties will leave, for the use of families and their servants, a sufficient supply of provisions for sixty days, and when families have a less supply on hand, no part of it will be taken as long as a supply beyond this is found in the country, within reach of the Army. This order is not, however, to be construed to deprive the soldier of his rations whilst the country affords it. If suffering must fall on one or the other, the citizen must bear it." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 26, 27; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; ibid., General and Special Orders; (printed) Oglesby Papers, IHi. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 505-6.
On Dec. 18, USG telegraphed to Lt. Col. Charles A. Reynolds, Holly Springs. "Issue no forage from that brought from the north until it becomes an absolute necessity." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 18, however, Reynolds was in Cairo when he telegraphed to Capt. Theodore S. Bowers concerning "unserviceable stock." Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
Oxford Dec. 18th 1862.
Gen. Sullivan is directed to collect forces and attack the enemy who are now west of the Tennessee River. Send forces from your