Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 437. On Dec. 19, 1862, Col. John K. Mizner wrote to USG. "Scouts which returned last night bring information that a heavy cavalry force passed from Grenada to Graysport and toward Pontotoc on Tuesday morning, and it was rumored that it was to cut us off. News of Colonel Dickey's move had probably reached them. The scout returning from Banner and Paris was fired on from ambush 9 miles east of here. One man was killed and Lieutenant McEntee and 2 men wounded, the lieutenant mortally, I fear. Captain Nugent, of another scout, brought in 9 prisoners and 12 horses. Lieutenant Corbyn and 1 man of his command were wounded. Jeff. Davis was at Grenada Sunday, and General J. E. Johnston is also said to be there. There is a rumor of a heavy force at Pontotoc, spoken of as a portion of Bragg's army. Do you hear from Colonel Dickey ? I am scouting well out and would like to be advised of any information you have, to act and plan accordingly." Ibid. On the same day, Mizner telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Have you any information to enlighten us a little down here have heard nothing for days Has Col Dickey returned and where is he what is particularly expected of us on this front any news of a force East of us" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Mizner twice telegraphed to USG. "A scout employed by Gen. Logan just in reports a column of four Regiments of Cavalry moving up the Pontetoc road this all north east also that heavy artillery convalescents & Commissary stores are being sent south & that the force at Grenada is prparing to fall back to Jackson that the Cavalry is sent out to cover this movement I have scouts out south & southeast & may have more news soon" "Having so much of my cavalry force on Guard picket & scouting think it would be well to have some infantry sent here as a sort of grand guard and in order to make the whole cavalry force available should any of the heavy columns of Rebel cavalry reported to be in motion make an attack here" Telegrams received, ibid. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 437-38.
Oxford, Miss., Dec. 19. 1862
I want you to take all the available cavalry including the 6th Ill. but excluding that just returned with Col. Dickey 1 and take the most direct route for Rockey Ford When you get on Jacksons trail follow him until he is caught or dispersed. Jackson must