Mills to be in readiness to repel any attack that may be made." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 472. On the same day, Marsh twice telegraphed to Rawlins. "Dispatch received. I notified Colonel Morgan at 6 o'clock to be prepared for attack, and that if attacked I would go to his assistance. I send dispatch to Colonel Grierson to Saulsbury." "I have re-enforced Colonel Morgan and Colonel Richmond to the extent of my ability, and am prepared to co-operate with either of them in case of attack at Davis' Mill or La Grange." Ibid. On the same day, Marsh twice telegraphed to USG. "A contraband Just in reports that he left the rebels at Salisbury at four oclock & that they threatened to take Lagrange I am ready for them" "The Quarter Master of my Regts are all at Holly Springs I have telegraph Lt Boas my quartermaster to notify them to start with their trains using the men left behind for Escort" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Marsh. "Will you, if it is possible, ascertain if any damage is done to the Rail Road near La Grange or Moscow ?" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Holly Springs Miss. Dec. 24th 1862
Enclosed herewith I send you copies of dispatches just received from Col. Grierson. 1 One a little later from Grand Junction says fighting is now going on North of that place. It is probable therefore that the enemy are now turning their course South.
The force at Salem should be informed of this fact and be on the lookout for them to give them a salute as they pass. Send notice at once.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, George V. Rountree, Chicago, Ill. On Dec. 24, 1862, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins wrote to Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton, Holly Springs. "You will, please move Ross' Divn of your command tomorrow morning the 25th inst to Davis Mills, Grand Junction and Lagrange." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 473.