Oxford, Dec 21st 1862.
COL. MIZNER, WATERFORD
Your apparent reluctance at starting from here and the want of alacrity in complying with my orders has so shaken my confidence in you that no matter how well qualified you may be to command such an expedition as the one you have started on I should feel insecure with you in command. My instructions to turn the command over to the next in command will therefore be obeyed.
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, Waterford, Miss., telegraphed to USG. "No signs of Mizner yet. Shall I move without him ? Rations needed here to-day" Ibid., p. 447. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Col. John K. Mizner, Waterford. "Turn your command over to the officer next in rank with the instructions you have received." Copies, DLC‐ USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 448. On the same day, Mizner telegraphed to USG. "I marched until 6.30 p. m. yesterday, and learning that Colonel Marsh was at Waterford, 9 miles farther on, my horses, I believed, would not stand a farther journey. I started at 2 this morning, and would have been here an hour before day but for the difficulties attending crossing the Tallahatchie Bottom in the dark. I reached here at broad daylight, and every officer must say that I made no unnecessary delay. I make this statement in justice to myself, for I believe circumstances demand it of one who has in good faith honestly endeavored to do his duty." Ibid.
On Dec. 23, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued Special Field Orders No. 32. "Col Mizner, of the 3rd Regt Michigan Cavalry Vols, will proceed by first train north and resume the Command of the Cavalry wherever he finds them and will pursue the Enemy as long as they can be heard from in this Department, with all vigor, foraging and subsisting upon the Country." DS, DNA, RG 94, Dept. of the Tenn., General Orders; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; DLC-USG, V, 26, 27, 91.