Holly Spring, Dec 23rd 1862
GEN. MCPHERSON, OXFORD, MISS.
A force of rebel Cavalry are now encamped at the mouth of Tippah creek 1 going south with a large number of led horses and mules. Probably those captured here. The main body of the rebels went North from here. Send this word to Hatch. 2 By properly directing his course he may recover much that was lost here.
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, 468. On Dec. 23, 1862, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson twice telegraphed to USG, the second time at 10:00 P. M. "Having learned that a strong cavalry force was 5 miles east of Waterford at 3 o'clock, I have ordered Colonel Hatch, with his entire command, to move immediately toward Pontotoc and see if he cannot get on track of the rebels. Have also sent orders to General Lauman, General Denver, and the officers in command of guards for trains to be on the alert, and guard especially against any cavalry dash." "I have already given directions to Colonel Hatch, and his whole command will be here to start in a few minutes in an east-northeasterly direction until he strikes the road running from the mouth of Tippah Creek to Pontotoc, and try, if possible, to head the rebels off. I think he will reach this road before daylight and have instructed him to use all efforts to ascertain the whereabouts of the enemy and ambush them." Ibid., pp. 468, 469. On the same day, Col. Edward Hatch, 2nd Iowa Cav., "Near Oxford," telegraphed to USG. "My command found the enemy's pickets about 2 miles north of Coffeeville on the morning of the 22d;