Richmond says they were 3 miles below Somerville at 3 p. m. yesterday, giving the impression that they were going to unite with Johnston at Jackson. I will move northward, striking between Bolivar and Somerville. Third Michigan has arrived." Ibid., p. 483. Although the only source of this telegram provides the date Dec. 25, Grierson was not at Grand Junction on Dec. 25, was joined by the 3rd Mich. Cav. on Dec. 23, and did move northward from Grand Junction on Dec. 24. See ibid., I, xvii, part 1, 518-19, for Grierson's report of his movements at this time. On Dec. 25, USG received a telegram from Grand Junction. "The following dispatch to Col Greson just recd here I do not know where to reach him Bolivar 25 Col B. H. GRIERSON Comdg Cav. Enemy appear to be crossing river above bearing towards Jackson I fear the main body have got away from you your Train will start for Junction in morning. M BRAYMAN Brig Gen" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Brig. Gen. Mason Brayman wrote to USG. "Yesterday morning the Enemy in large force, drove in our pickets and advanced in line of battle, from the west. The Cavalry of Grierson and Lee having arrived, met the Enemy. The attacking force divided. The larger portion went to Middleburgh, Seven miles below,and Summoned Col Graves to surrender. He refused. The fight lasted two and a half hours. The Enemy lost twelve (12) killed, 30 wounded, and fourteen prisoners. They abandoned the attempt. They broke the wire, which is being repaired. They also set track on fire in four places, but it was soon extinguished. A portion is still in this neighborhood, but I have force enough. A train from Jackson Just in." ADfS, Brayman Papers, ICHi.
On Dec. 28, USG telegraphed to the commanding officers, Bolivar and Grand Junction. "Order down all the cavalry ambulances &c that were left. at. Bolivar by Col Grierson when there" Telegram received (dated Dec. 29), ibid. ; copies (dated Dec. 28), DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 29, Brayman telegraphed to USG. "The Cavalry ambulances, &c, which Col. Grierson left here, departed south on the morning of the 27th. Bodies of rebel cavalry are still in this neighborhood. I have no sufficient force to pursue them." ADfS, Brayman Papers, ICHi.
Holly Springs, Dec 23rd 1862
COL. MCDERMOTT, GRAND JUNCTION
Has Col. Marsh joined you ? I wish him to remain at Grand Junction, Lagrange and Davis Mills until otherwise directed un