drove them south of Coffeeville 3 miles, where I found the enemy in force; destroyed the railroad trestle-work south of Coffeeville and between that point and the Yocknapatalfa." Ibid., p. 466.
On Dec. 22, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins, Oxford, wrote to Col. John M. Loomis, "Commanding Post," Oxford. "Upon Gen McPherson moving his last Division from here you will break up this Post and proceed with your command to Holly Springs Miss., keeping with Gen. McPherson Division as far as it moves on the same road" Copy, DLC-USG, V, 91. Entered as written by USG at Oxford on Dec. 23, ibid., V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 469. The earlier date appears preferable because all other communications of Dec. 23 place USG at Holly Springs.
Holly Springs Dec. 23d 1862.
GEN. G. M. DODGE.
Rebel Cavalry have gone north. Our Cavalry is in pursuit. Send me the papers you speak of. I will direct forage and beef collected and sent to you
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; Dodge Papers, IaHA. On Dec. 23, 1862, Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, Corinth, telegraphed to USG. "Col Chetlain informs me that two Cavalry men only got here last evening they lost thescout somewhere they brought a verbal message only two young men have arrived here from Mobile with Mobile papers of sixteenth (16th) & seventeenth (17th) their information for preparations to attack Mobile & news of papers if you have not seen it ought be of importance. to you shall I send it or have you later news also is there any cavalry force of enemy north of you if so when shall I look for them I am about out of rations Have been on half rations for several days Could not you order a lot of beef & forage brought or pressed for me at Jackson you