BRIG GENL J E SMITH Holly Springs Miss Dec 26 1862
BRIG GENL J E SMITH
Assume command of all the forces at La Grange, Grand Junction and Davis Mills, and you will retain command of them at any other point to which they may be sent for duty The balance of the Division will be returned as soon as Forrest is driven out of West Tennessee
The Regiment ordered to occupy the road between LaGrange and Moscow may go on to Moscow, to hold the bridge at that place until Denver's Division arrives when it will return and guard the road indicated in the first order. You can place your Artillery at the diffirent posts within your command according to your judgement
At all bridges the men should build Block houses
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 492-93. On Dec. 26, 1862, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins issued Special Orders No. 53. "Brig. Genl. John E. Smith is hereby assigned to the command of the 8th Division, Leeft Wing, Army of the Tennessee and will report at once to Brig. Genl. C S. Hamilton" DS, DNA, RG 94, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Special Orders; DLC‐ USG, V, 26, 27. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 492. See telegram to Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Dec. 25, 1862, note 1.
On Dec. 26, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. John E. Smith. "Sullivan is calling for more troops to drive the rebels out of the north part of Tenn. I have notified him that I will send four Regiments if he will send Cars. You may hold them in readiness from your command, to imbark on arrival of Cars" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 492. On Dec. 27, Smith telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch recd this morng eight oclock will hold four Regiments ready for the Cars—have but five Regts & four batteries in all" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Smith. "Col Marsh has sent the 93rd Indiana to Moscow from Grand Junction. This leaves you one Regiment to protect Batteries, and four to send to Sullivan. The Regiment Marsh sends to Moscow is sufficient to guard bridge there" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the