Oxford, Miss. Dec. 18th 1862
FORT HENRY, TENN.
Forrest is now West of the Ten. Take 1500 of your command and attack him You can take them from Henry and Heiman and order troops from Donelson to take their place. This should be done at once. Troops are now on the way from Jackson to attack
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 428. Earlier on Dec. 18, 1862, USG had telegraphed to Col. William W. Lowe. "The enemy are reported crossing the Tennessee River at Wrights Island. Three Thousand already across. Make a demonstration with all the force you can possibly spare, to harrass and prevent him crossing any more troops." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 428.
Head Quarters Dept. of the Ten.
Oxford, Miss., Dec. 19th 1862.
MAJ: GENL. MCPHERSON
COMD'G. RIGHT WING &C.,
There will be no farther advance of our forces until further directions. The enemy under Forrest have crossed the Ten. below Clifton, and are now near to Jackson. Communication is cut off so that I cannot hear from there. Sullivan reports the strength of the enemy at from five to ten thousand and still crossing. Dodge however had a scout among them before they commenced crossing who estimates their force at about five thousand