troops should make a forced march to reach their destination
All Mills on the route should be destroyed and the means of supporting an Army carried off as far as practicable or destroyed also.
U. S. GRANT
Major Genl. Commdg.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 451.
Oxford, Dec 21st 1862.
COL. C. C. MARSH
WATERFORD, MISS 1
Try to get messenger through North to all the stations where we have troops and direct them to fall back to Bolivar taking with them all they can and destroying the balance. You will have to supply your troops from the country.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 448. On Dec. 21, 1862, Col. C. Carroll Marsh, Holly Springs, telegraphed twice to USG. "Am here. Van Dorn left for north yesterday p. m. Have started messengers north and sent two companies of cavalry to hover in their rear for information. Mizner has turned over his command to Grierson. Lee is on one road, Grierson on the other. Will follow in pursuit if not ordered to the contrary." "Cavalry here or close by. Your message forwarded." Ibid., pp. 448-49.