Holly Springs Miss Dec 25 1862
MAJ GEN'L J B MCPHERSON
The office at Abbeville can be moved back to your Head Quarters or another established. No news from Grierson to day. Parties in from the East report hearing Artillery off toward Rocky Ford for several hours this forenoon Communication will be opened with Columbus tomorrow, Sullivan reports road much less damaged than he expected. 1 Will be in order by Monday or Tuesday. All in order now to Jackson Dodge reports Roddy at Guntown with 1500 Cavalry and some Artillery moving West. If our Cavalry get Van Dorn under good headway towards Pontotoc I would like them to give Mr Roddy a dash
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 478.
On Dec. 25, 1862, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins twice telegraphed to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson. "You will please direct the Officer in command of the Cavalry now camped on the Tallahatchie to send a train of fifty wagons giving same instructions as to your own Regimental trains, to report to Gen. Quimby for further use" "The Genl Commanding desires to know if you received order to send trains to Memphis for supplies, telegraphed you this morning. Please answer" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "Fifty teams of the Cavalry division will leave here shortly escorted by One hundred 100 Cavalry for TallaLoosa with positive orders to report to Gen Quinby at twelve 12 Oclock tomorrow After turning over their train they are instructed to make a scout to the South & southwest to the Tallahatchie I would like to have a telegraph office established on this north side of the river" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., 17th Army Corps, Letters Sent; ibid., Bolivar, Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, McPherson wrote to Rawlins. "Dispatch received. Division trains will be at Tallaloosa at 12. 'M,' to morrow (26th Inst). Order for Col Hatch enclosing Copy of despatches from Co'l Grierson, sent to Col Hatch and received by him at one A. M. this morning. His command would start immediately in the direction of 'Rocky Ford and Ripley. All our Cavalry have left Oxford and I presume a small force of Rebel Cavalry are in the place, as the Cavalry pickets were fired on early this morning. I have notified Co'l Leggett, at Abbeville, that all our Cavalry has been removed from his front, in the direction