Oxford, Dec 22nd 1862.
GEN. HAMILTON, HOLLY SPRINGS.
The Cavalry need not start tonight, if not already started. Their Camp equipage is all ordered to Abberville when they will remain until further orders. 1
You may retain Lee's Cavalry with you. Open communication with the North if possible and get information from Corinth. I telegraphed you instructions to-day to send one Division to Holly Springs. One at Waterford. 2 I will give Quinby instructions here. 3 You need not move from positions indicated here without further directions.
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, 456.
On Dec. 22, 1862, Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton, Waterford, Miss., telegraphed to USG. "Two dispatches received. McArthur's division goes to Holly Springs to-night. Ross stops here. Will push cavalry to the north. If no cavalry at hand will send forward Marsh with brigade to-night. Shall be in Holly in one hour." Ibid., p. 455. On the same day, Hamilton, Holly Springs, telegraphed to USG. "Van Dorn went to Salem; then to Davis' Mill, where he was repulsed; then down south bank Wolf to Moscow. He pulled up some rails near Davis' Mill. He started north from Moscow at 3 o'clock this morning. All right at Corinth. I think I will send a brigade to Salem to head Van Dorn." Ibid., p. 456. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson. "What news from Jackson? Is the Road and wires right north of you ?" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 458. On the same day, 7:46 P. M., Sullivan telegraphed to USG. "Jackson, Humboldt, and Bolivar all right. The rebels are in strong force all around us—entirely cavalry. I am busy repairing the road north, and will use all my force to keep it open. Trenton was taken by Forrest. Our loss, no one killed and but 2 or 3 wounded. All surrendered. The wires are not in order above here." Ibid., p. 456. USG endorsed this telegram with a message to Hamilton. "Send word to Marsh to push on to Grand Junction to-night. There is a large force of cavalry in north of them. There are about 100,000 rations at Grand Junction." Ibid. Also on Dec. 22, Hamilton telegraphed to USG. "Marsh starts soon with four regiments. Grierson is here; also Lee. Can use both to great advantage in heading off Van Dorn. Shall I keep both?" Ibid., p. 455. On the same day, Hamilton telegraphed to USG. "McArthur with Div is here Ross & Div at waterford Grierson gone to Abberville Lee remains here. there is every reason to believe