Sullivans or Haynies Comd Haynie cannot arrest one of Gen Grants aids Please ask Gen Grant to put a stop to Sullivans conduct the arrest is by order of Gen Grant has Gen Grant authorized it" Telegram received, ibid., Miscellaneous Letters Received. On the same day, Capt. George A. Williams telegraphed to Rawlins. "I am requested by Col Ihrie to telegraph you my opinion of what would have occurred if he had not taken Comd of troops on our way from Jackson to this place I am perfectly satisfied that had he not done so train together with all of the passengers & troops who could not save themselves by running would have been captured he took command at request of many who saw the necessity of it" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, J. A. Van Buskirk, conductor of the military train, telegraphed to Rawlins. "I desire to inform you that my opinon both trains from Jackson en route for Columbus on the 20th Inst together with valuable mail would have been captured by Rebel Cavaly had not Col Ihrie assumed command of the troops" Telegram received, ibid.
On Dec. 24, Ihrie telegraphed to Rawlins. "Did Genl Grant authorize Sullivan to have me arrested I ask to be released please answer immediately" ADfS, ibid., RG 94, Staff Papers, Ihrie. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Sullivan. "You will release Col Geo P Ihrie from arrest & permit him to proceed to S Louis on his return his case can be fully Envestigated" Telegram received, ibid., RG 393, 16th Army Corps, 4th Division, Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91. On Dec. 25, Ihrie telegraphed to Rawlins. "Have you recieved the official papers including my serious charges against Col Rogers which I enclosed to Gen Sullivan for his Information to be sent to genl Grant they left him yesterday morning" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Miscellaneous Letters Received.
On Dec. 29, 7:30 P. M., Ihrie, Cairo, telegraphed to Col. John C. Kelton. "I have just arrived from Trenton Tenn accross lots I am of the opinion that certain officers commanding have been badly Stampeded & laid the road open. It is very badly cut up It will take aweek yet to repair it. I am alarmed about supplies for Grants Army—No telegraphic communication with Gen'l Grant. Troops with construction train should be sent out from Columbus—at least two days ago" Telegram received, ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound).
Holly Springs, Miss. Dec. 25. 1862
COL. C. C. MARSH,
GRAND JUNCTION, TENN.,
You will send two companies as Rail Road guard to Hickory Valley. 1 Instruct the guards to patrol the Rail Road through the Bridge this side of Middleburg.
U. S. GRANT,