says that Vicksburg is now in our hands. Gen. Butler 1 with Farrigut's fleet are said to have assended the river and to have been successful in their attack. This does not come however in sufficiently reliable a form to base any order or change of plan upon it.
These raids have cut off communication so that I have had nothing from the North for over a week.
Telegraph will probably be working through by to-morrow and rail-road within five days.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com.
ALS, McClernand Papers, IHi. Copies (misdated Dec. 23, 1862), DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 463. On Dec. 25, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins wrote to the commanding officer, Memphis. "Inclosed find communication for Gen. J. A. McClernand, which you will deliver to him if he be at Memphis; if he has gone down the river you will please forward it to him. The original letter was sent to the Commanding Officer at Cairo, with instructions to deliver it to Gen. McClernand if he had not already passed that point going South, and if he had to send it to him at Memphis. Communication North was cut off and probably did not reach him." LS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., 4th Division, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 480.
Holly Springs, Miss., Dec. 25 1862
MAJ. GEN'L. J. B. MCPHERSON,
Send one Brigade of your command to Lumpkin's Mill and keep it running. Both Divisions that were there have been removed, one to Davis' Mill, the other as escort to Wagon train.