On Dec. 24, 4:00 P. M., Col. Benjamin H. Grierson, Van Buren, tele-
graphed to USG. "The rebels have just passed through this place and are going
directly south. Van Dorn in command; they are moving towards Salisbury, 5½
miles from here. We are still in close pursuit and constantly skirmishing with
their rear. They broke the telegraph, set fire to the culverts and tressel work and
destroyed dwellings and barns. The garrison at Middleburg killed, wounded and
captured a number, giving them a hot reception and fighting nobly. I dispatched
you from Middleburg." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of
the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 473-74. These sources place the
Grierson telegram in the body of USG's letter.
To Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby
Holly Springs, Miss., Dec. 24. 1862
BRIG. GEN'L. J. F. QUINBY,
If I go to Memphis, your Division goes also.
1 It is now reported however from the South that Vicksburg is now in our
Your Division will all be concentrated at Lumpkin's Mills
until further orders.
U. S. GRANT,
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 473.
On Dec. 25, 1862, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued Special Field Orders
No. 34 sending the division of Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby to Memphis to escort
wagon trains sent for supplies. 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; ibid., General and Special Orders; DLC-USG, V, 26, 27. Dated
Dec. 25 in O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 485. On Dec. 25, Rawlins wrote to Quinby. "In
escorting the trains to Memphis it will not be necessary to march your whole
Divisions into Memphis, but can encamp 15 or 20 miles from there, sending a
sufficient escort for guards with train, and await their return with the remainder
of your Division. The paroled prisoners will proceed with you." Copies, DLC-
USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
On Dec. 23, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Oxford, telegraphed to
USG. "A Contraband has Just came in who left vicksburg last wednesday he
repts himself as a Servt of Capt Roberts of the 15th Miss he says vicksburg was