Holly Springs [Dec. ] 26th 
Van Dorn passed Ripley yesterday going South. Our Cavalry was after him but from six ( 6) to ten (10) miles in the rear Van Dorn got the start they making a march when he had apparently encamped for the night. 1 The hope is now that Hatch may have succeeded in heading him until other Troops come up I think by foraging liberally we will give the men more than half rations but would not give more from the supply on hand. The road North of Trenton is worse than first reported—I have directed work to progress towards Memphis. I ordered Sullivan to mount Infantry to pursue these fellows up North. He reports that he can mount fifteen hundred (1500) at once.
U S GRANT
Telegram received, McPherson Papers, NjR; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 488.