On June 13, 1867, Bvt. Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Vincent forwarded to USG a report on the Murphy case prepared in response to an inquiry made by U. S. Senator Charles D. Drake of Mo. ES, ibid. On June 24, USG endorsed this report. "Respectfully returned to the Secrety of War. The record of Col. Murphy at Holly Springs, Miss., and prior to that at Iuka, Miss., is so much against him that I cannot make any recommendation in his favor." ES, ibid. Between 1877 and 1880, efforts were made through the War Dept., and through congressional action (46th Congress, 2nd Session) to revoke Murphy's dismissal on the basis of Lincoln's endorsement of the Holt report, but no action resulted. Documents concerning the matter are ibid.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten
Holly Springs Miss. Dec. 25th 1862
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT
Just as Forrest's raid upon our rail-roads was commenced I received a dispatch from the Gen. in Chief of the Army to divide my command into four Army Corps, giving one to Gen. McClernand and placing him in chief command, under my direction, of the expedition on Vicksburg.
I immediately wrote the order giving you command of the 3d Army Corps and directed Gen. McClernand to order you here to take command of it.
Before this got off all communication was cut off with the North and has not yet been resumed. Gen. McClernand consequently has not received my directions and orders.