On Dec. 23, 1862, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins telegraphed to the commanding officers, Bolivar, Grand Junction, and Jackson. "Arrest & return to thisplace all officers and men who may find their way to your Post claiming to be paroled & permit no one connected with the army under any pertext to pass north without written authority from these Head Quarters sending back under proper guards all who do not belong to your Post" Telegram received, ibid., 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 464; ibid., II, v, 115. On Dec. 25, Rawlins issued Special Field Orders No. 34 specifying that paroled prisoners would march to Memphis, then travel by steamboat to Benton Barracks, St. Louis. DS (dated Dec. 24), DNA, RG 94, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; copies (dated Dec. 25), ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; DLC-USG, V, 26, 27.
On Jan. 21, 1863, USG wrote to Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas. "I have the honor herewith to transmit, list of Federal Prisoners, paroled by the Rebels, at Holly Springs and vicinity, on the 20th day of December, 1862." LS, DNA, RG 249, Letters Received. On Jan. 24, USG transmitted to Thomas a duplicate list of prisoners. LS, ibid.
Holly Springs, Dec 23rd 1862.
COL. GRIERSON, GRAND JUNCTION.
Pursue the enemy with all vigilance wherever they may go reporting whenever you can reach a telegraph office Take the 3rd Mich with you. 1
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, 465. On Dec. 23, 1862, Col. Benjamin H. Grierson, Grand Junction, telegraphed to USG. "Just received the following from Bolivar: Col. B. H. GRIERSON: The enemy are going north. Come here and I will put you on their track. M. BRAYMAN. Column moving northeast. Have halted them. Shall I act on the above?" Ibid. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Grierson. "If you are on the track of the enemy follow him. Don't be turned off by directions from Post Commanders unless you think you will get after the enemy by a shorter route or in a more effective manner by doing so." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I , xvii, part 2, 466. On the same day, Grierson telegraphed to USG. "I am moving as rapidly as possible north to Bolivar." Ibid.
Also on Dec. 23, Grierson, Grand Junction, telegraphed to USG and Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton. "Mistake about rebels being near La Grange. Colonel