above less favorable Gen Haynie has report that our forces at Union City were defeated & the bridge over Obion burn Cols Ihirie & Williams started to go through but came back bringing the above report forrest was said south east of Union City with 7000 men & eight pieces of artillery The location looks probable The nos exaggerated rumors are numerous" Telegrams received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
On Dec. 23, Webster had telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "The road is open to Humboldt Enemy have left Trenton but we do not know which way they have gone there will be more work to do in that direction than south I want first (1st) Battalion of Engr Regt. sent here as soon as possible let them bring their tools will send train to meet them at Cold Water if necessary" Telegram received, ibid. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Webster. "The road between here and Grand Junction will be in condition probably tomorrow. The Engineer Regt will be here tomorrow night ready to proceed to you. Will telegraph you when to send up train." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30, 91; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
On Dec. 25, Sol Palmer telegraphed to USG. "I have sent hand Car & men back to Holly Springs they will do all work that you want till I get back I shall get line to work to Columbus before I return" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
Also on Dec. 25, Rawlins telegraphed to Col. Addison S. Norton, Abbeville. "Have your advance guards on Rail Road to Oxford drawn in? If they have not drawn them in at once. The Rail Road is to be abandoned from Abbeville to Oxford. Keep out guards for defence of Abbeville only. (Answer. )" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 483.
Holly Springs Dec 26 1862
MAJ GENL J B MCPHERSON
I hardly think it would pay to detach a Division so far from the main body, but if you think it would you can send Denver 1 to Wyatt No news from Van Dorn or our Cavalry The rebels are encamped up near Kenton I expect they will do serious damage to the road near Union City
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 487. On Dec. 26, 1862, Maj. Gen. James B.