Headquarters Department of the Tennessee
Holly Springs, Miss. Dec 25, 1862
COL. J. C. KELTEN
A. A. GEN'L
WASHINGTON, D. C.
I am just sending a large wagon train to Memphis after supplies, and avail myself of the opportunity, the first now for over a week, to communicate with the authorities at Washington.
I had timely notice of the advance of Forrest on the railroad in the neighborhood of Jackson, and took every means to meet it. Gen. Sullivan was reinforced from the Army with me, and forces from Corinth, Forts Henry, Heiman and Donelson were sent to co-operate. As the enemy's force was all Cavalry, and Gen. Sullivan's nearly all Infantry, it is probable that they have succeeded in evading our troops, so as do some damage to the Railroad, but to what extent I have not yet learned.
Before any decisive move had been made by Gen Sullivan against the enemy, or by the enemy on our roads, communications were cut between us, and a formidable move of Cavalry from Grenada, was reported going North.
This force assembled first at Pontotoc, and as Col. Dickey was out to the East on the Mobile road with about half of my available Cavalry, I concluded that the object was to cut him off. —I immediately ordered all the Cavalry that could be spared