ceed to-morrow to Pontotoc Miss. taking with them five days rations. They will return to their present Camps by the time their rations run out.
Each Brigade will take with it one Battery of Artillery and one Caisson to each Battery. This will enable them to attach an addition pair of horses to each team. Brig. Gen. Ross is assigned to the command of the whole.
Col. Mizner has been directed to send a regiment of Cavalry with the expedition.
Arriving at Pontotoc the officer in command will cause reconnoisances to be made as far to the South and East as practicable and should any further advance be necessary to rescue Col. Dickey, or to drive back an inferior force of the enemy it will be made.
It is desirable that on this march there should be no straggling from the ranks and all pilag should be prevented.
ADf, DLC-USG, V, 91. Another hand has altered this document to convert it to a letter addressed to Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton, and the document is copied elsewhere as altered. Copies, ibid., V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 435.
Oxford, Dec., Dec. 19. 1862.
WATER VALLEY, MISS.,
I have no information from Col. Dickey. The forces that went from Corinth to co-operate have returned to their post having captured quite a number of prisoners.
I will send two Brigades to Pontotoc taking with them five days Rations. 1 I want you to send at least one regiment of Cavalry with the expedition with instructions to reconnoitre as far to the east and south as practicable.
U. S. GRANT
Maj : Gen.