510-11. On Feb. 6, 1863, USG endorsed to the AGO a report of Dec. 27, 1862, from Maj. John J. Mudd, 2nd Ill. Cav., to Rawlins concerning the capture of Holly Springs. ES, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 512-14. On Dec. 29, Capt. Arnold Hoeppner wrote to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck reporting that he was on parole after capture at Holly Springs, that he had reported by letter to USG, and that he considered the surrender shameful. LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. On Dec. 31, Halleck endorsed this letter to USG. "Respectfully referred to Major Genl Grant, for report in regard to the defense of Holly Springs by Col Murphy." AES, ibid. See letter to Col. John C. Kelton, Dec. 25, 1862.
Head Quarters 13th Army Corps
Dep't of the Tennessee
Oxford, Miss. Dec 19. 1862
COL GEO G PRIDE
SUP'T MIL. R. R. EAST FROM VICKSBURGH
You will proceed to St. Louis, and Chicago if you find it necessary, and purcure such material, Machinery, tools, teams and wagons as you think are required for a rapid construction and for running the Rail Road east from Vicksburgh. You will also engage such employees as you may deem proper, and fix the rate of wages for same. All materials and men so procured will be forwarded at once to Cairo, and be ready to be shipped south at short notice, and will himself direct the shipping of the same, and all steamboats and barges necessary for shipment will be moved south under his direction. The Chief Quartermaster and chief Commissary at St Louis are requested to furnish such supplies as may be required by you for the expedition You will report as frequently as possible to these Head Quarters.
Lieut Col C. A. Reynolds, chief Quartermaster of this Department will detail a quartermaster to report to you for this duty
U. S. GRANT