Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 434.
Hd Qrs, Dept of the Tenn
Oxford, Miss. Dec 20. 1862
MAJ GEN. MCPHERSON
COMMDG RIGHT. WING
ARMY IN THE FIELD
Fall back with your entire command to the north side of the Tallahatchie the troops retiring by the same routes they advanced on.
I will instruct the Cavalry to advance towards Grenada to keep up the idea of an advance as much as possible. 1 Keep your transportation as well to the front as possible and instruct your Commissaries to collect all the Cattle they can fit for beef; and corn meal from the mills. Destroy all the mills within reach of you and the bridges after you are done using them.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 445. On Dec. 20, 1862, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Camp "Yocknapatafa," wrote to USG. "Genl. Lauman's Division will move to the position occupied by General McArthur's, near the 'Yockna' Station at 6 o'clock tomorrow morning—I send you extract of a letter from Col: Leggett giving some information brought in by a Scout from his Command whom we sent out—If this information is correct & it seems to be confirmed at least partially from other sources I am decidedly of the opinion that the rebels are concentrating their forces at Jackson & Vicksburg, with a view of throwing them all intoif necessary—and that our policy is to have as many or more men at that point than they can bring to bear — In view of the fact that the Rail Road from Granada to Memphis is so seriously damaged, that it will take some weeks to open it, and that with our present long line of communication interrupted, and liable to be so again when reopened, we cannot well go beyond Granada and