at Bay Springs was out at Guntown tuesday & going west he had about fifteen hundred 1500 mounted men five pieces Artillery I have scouts on his track I have some Taxans of withers brigade who were dismounted when they left Arkansas Since they fell back from Holly Springs the whole brigade has been remounted the horses came from Texas I have two hundred prisoners taken in the last week Cannot I send them through the lines where is van Dorns Cavalry" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Military Division of the Miss. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 482-83.
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Holly Springs [Dec. 25] 186 To COL IHRIE HUMBOLT
Nothing has been recd. from Genl. Sullivan for a number of days except by Telegraph—there has been no other communication and consequently no opportunity for him to send the papers referred to—I presume they will be sent when the cars resume their running—These querries are embarrasing and detrimental to the service and ought to be avoided if practicable—Genl Sullivan had a perfect right to release Col Rodgers if he thought the good of the service required it—He is the Commander of the district and communication was cut off with department Head Quarters—All officers my staff included who happened to be in his department at the time were subject to his orders
U. S. GRANTMaj Genl.
Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30.
On Dec. 20, 1862, Col. George P. Ihrie, riding as a passenger on a train from Jackson, Tenn., to Columbus, Ky., learned that a railroad bridge over the Forked Deer River, near Humboldt, Tenn., was under attack by C. S. A. cav. As Ihrie reported to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins on Dec. 31, he assumed command of troops on the train, another force on another train commanded by Col. John A. Rogers, 7th Tenn., and the troops at the bridge, drove away the C. S. A. cav., recaptured Humboldt, and was preparing an expedition to retake Trenton, Tenn., on the evening of Dec. 22 when relieved by Brig. Gen. Isham N. Haynie. Shortly before Haynie arrived, Ihrie arrested Rogers for disobedience of orders. ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 562-66. On the same day, Ihrie wrote to Rawlins criticizing the defense of