Brayman Papers, ICHi; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 439. On the same day, Lt. Col. John McDermott, 15th Mich., Grand Junction, telegraphed to USG. "The twenty fifth (25) Ind are at Davis Mills & Lamar fifteenth 15 Mich at grand Junction four (4) companies one hundred & twenty sixth (126) Ill at Lagrange" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Also on Dec. 19, Capt. William L. Barnum, Bolivar, telegraphed to USG. "Two hundred and twenty-seven infantry, 24 cavalry, two 6-pounder James rifled cannon, and 29 artillerymen; this is all within 2 miles of these headquarters. Your dispatch to Brigadier-General Dodge started all right." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 440. On the same day, Barnum sent two more telegrams to USG. "A line of couriers is established on the south side of the Hatchie from here to Corinth communicating with Brig Gen Dodge" "Col Sprague in Command of the train your dispatch did not reach him at Grand Junction Sixty third 63d Ohio & forty third 43d Ohio on board what shall bedo." Telegrams received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, Brayman Papers, ICHi. On the same day, Barnum transmitted to Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan a telegram from Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins to Col. John W. Sprague, 63rd Ohio. "Disembark your command at Bolivar and make such disposition of them as best to defend our line of communication to this place." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 440. On Dec. 20, Barnum telegraphed to USG two messages from Dodge dated Dec. 19. "My force will move on road from Purdy to Melftim [Mifflin] which will enable me to strike towards Jackson or Lexington as case may require" "I shall camp to night at Sweetley creek twelve (12) miles north of Purdy—The first nights and days march on the men is rather severe—Message sent to me via Bolivar and thence to Chewalla will reach me here—I should like to know the result of the fight at Jackson" Telegram received (incomplete), DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copy, Brayman Papers, ICHi.
On Dec. 22, Barnum telegraphed to Sullivan the text of two Dec. 21 telegrams, 2:00 A. M. and 2:00 P. M., from Dodge, Lexington, to USG. "I have moved 24 miles all gone North 400 men and two 2 pieces of artillery joined Forrest today—I will push for him tomorrow—expect to hear from Gen Sullivan tonight" "I am pushing here towards Spring Creek as Forrest I learn is there. It seems to me we should get the R R. clear first We are getting along distance from Corinth. I may be wrong but it appears to me all importan[t] that we should open your commu[nica]tion north." Copies, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 457.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Oxford Miss. Dec. 19th 1862.
Brig. Gen. Hamilton will detach two Brigades from his command, one from Quinby's and one from Ross' Divisions to pro