Holly Springs Miss Dec 27. 1862
MAJ GENL J B MCPHERSON
So soon as the Cavalry returns 1 I want two Companies, the freshest that can be got, to send through to Memphis From what I understand that road can be put in order in a few days I want in that case to order Quinby to return by the state line road guarding the road from Germantown until he meets the Cars, with his Division, and send his supplies through by [r]ail 2
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 499. On Dec. 27, 1862, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, Abbeville, telegraphed to USG. "Will send Two companies of Cavalry to Report to you as soon as some come in have not heard a word from Col Hatch since he left Oxford in [the] direction of Rocky Ford & t[aking] all the Cavalry I had in cam[p] [—] the escort companies were [—] out early this morng to the [—] under Comd of Col Stevenson who has gone out with 3 Regts of Infy & one hundred & fifty (150) wagons on a grand foraging expedition" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On Dec. 29, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "Colonel Hatch returned with his cavalry last evening without having met the enemy. He went within 10 miles of Pontotoc, to Rocky Ford, and New Albany." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 505.