crossed tonight to help them through—In wayne Co. are some two hundred 200 armed union men who the Mississippi Cavalryhave been sent to put down at Old Carrollville Forrest has his trains & what he has captured a good regt of cavalry could capture the lot or a force up the river from fort Henry could catch them—men from Clifton who saw forrest cross say he did not cross over three thousand five hundred 3500 I think he will return for them down the river. River is very low no movement of Bragg that I can discern. Jeff Davis in Chattanooga last Sunday Johnson with him" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. "One of our men arrived yesterday from Tullahoma, Tenn.; ten days on the road. The main body of Bragg's army was there. They were retreating to Chattanooga. All the stores were being sent there and they were collecting all the corn and stock and forage, taking it to Chattanooga. On his road he met fifteen droves of hogs, cattle, and sheep, in Lincoln and Giles Counties, all being driven to the same place. They saw men from Bragg's army in three counties to the Tennessee River, collecting produce and stock and taking it all that way. He brings same report as sent two days ago of force south of Tennessee River." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 489. On Dec. 27, USG telegraphed to Sullivan. "Dodge learns from persons who saw Forrest cross the Tennessee river, that he has but 3500 men at the furthest. Act on the theory that he has no more" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Dated Dec. 26 in O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 490. On the same day, Sullivan telegraphed to USG. "Forrest has left for Tennessee River, supposed crossing at Reynoldsburg. I am pursuing on Huntingdon road. The Tennessee River has risen 2 feet since Sunday. I will not leave him until he is out of the district." Ibid., p. 498. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Sullivan. "Have all supplies collected put in the hands of the Commissary so that they may be regularly issued without waste" 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. On the same day, Sullivan telegraphed to USG. "I have arrested a cotton buyer find on him four thousand (4000) pound sterling & letters for the Rebel army I will await orders from you as to his future—I am on the track of others" Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Dept. of the Tenn.
Holly Springs Miss Dec 26. 1862
COL J D WEBSTER
Will you send down to this point tomorrow a train to bring mails and other necessities.
Instruct Conductor to bring express package for Col Pride