day afternoon to destroy the bridge (McFarlands) about Five miles to the west of him across the 'Yuckna,' thinking perhaps the Rebel Cavalry might return from their raid into Holly Springs, by that route & we might thus be enabled to make some of them repent of their rashness—I issued an order this morning putting my men on ¾ rations and by so doing have enough Provisions on hand to last ten days—Leggett is Still at Water Valley and I shall not make any move to the rear until the Cavalry is ready to make the demonstration in Front & screen our movements—unless I hear from you" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 452. On the same day, McPherson wrote to Brig. Gen. James W. Denver, Brig. Gen. Jacob G. Lauman, and Brig. Gen. John A. Logan, concerning the withdrawal. Ibid., pp. 452-53.
Head Quarters, Dept of the Tenn.
Oxford, Miss. Dec 21st 1862.
BRIG. GEN. C. S. HAMILTON
You will instruct the Divisions of McArthur 1 and Ross 2 to move immediately upon Corinth by the most practical routes. — The troops should be instructed to be as careful as possible of their rations. Organized foraging parties should be formed to collect all the provender and food that may be required as see to its proper distribution.
In entering Corinth if it is ascertained that communications are cut North as large a supply of forage as possible should be carried in with the troops.
If it is learned that a move is being made on Corinth the