BY TELEGRAPH FROM Holly Springs [Dec. 26] 186 To GEN SULLIVAN
VanDorn went to Bolivar pursued by our Cavalry, then struck south-east through Saulsbury & Ripley. Our Cavalry was still in pursuit at that point & have not since been heard from. This was yesterday. They are now near Grenada Two deserters came in from Van Dorn today; they left him ten 10 miles north of New‐ Albany 1 at 10 oclock last night, —still going south—If there is any cavalry north of the Hatchie it must be some small irregular band. —Send cars to Davis' Mills and I will order four 4 Regiments more up to you Collect all the bacon; beef, hogs sheep and grain you can from Planters.
Mount all the Infantry you can and drive Forrest east of the Tennessee
U S GRANT
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. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 489. On Dec. 26, 1862, Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Jackson, telegraphed to USG. "Colonel Webster will furnish the cars to-morrow. The cars will probably follow the mail train in the morning. I can secure the road as you wish. I have organized my forces to meet Forrest. I have made every attempt to mount infantry but cannot succeed in procuring more than 1,000 horses. I believe by moving toward Dresden and Paris Forrest will be compelled to pass behind Bolivar and Jackson to escape. Unless he has arrangements for crossing the Tennessee lower than Clifton, your cavalry can meet him." Ibid., p. 491.
Also on Dec. 26, USG telegraphed to Sullivan. "How are your forces now located" 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. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 489. On the same day, Sullivan telegraphed twice to USG, the second time at 11:20 A. M. "General Haynie has at Trenton about 1,000 men, at Humboldt 475; Colonel Lawler has 1,000 men just returning from pursuits. General Brayman has two regiments Fuller's brigade, Forty-third Illinois, Twelfth Michigan, Fiftieth Indiana. I have two regiments of Fuller's brigade and scattering forces at Bethel, Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Illinois and one battery at Bolivar, one section with Haynie, one with Lawler; balance here." "I have one-third of my force opening road to Union City, under command of General Haynie. I have under Colonel Lawler 1,000 men who have been after the rebs, and will to-day be at Toone's Station or on their return. I will send