Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Holly Springs Miss. Dec. 28th 1862
MAJ. GEN. S. A. HURLBUT
COMD. G DIST. OF MEMPHIS,
Please forward the accompanying letter to its address by the first opportunity.
Gen. Hallecks instructions to me were that I could retain that portion of the Helena forces sent to this side of the river under Gen. Hovey. 1 Immediately on receiving his dispatch to this effect I sent orders for one regiment of Infantry & one battery to remain at Friars Point and Garrison that place and the Cavalry to take a station about the mouth of Coldwater. When this order reached Friars Point these troops had gone back to Helena and I have not since learned whether they have been returned. If you are aware of the fact that they have not been returned please destroy the