letter addressed to Comd.g Officer Friars Point and advise me.
I am Gen. Very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, DNA, RG 393, District of West Tenn., 4th Division, Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 503. See following letter.
Head Quarters Dept of the Tennessee
Holly Springs Miss Dec 28 1862
FRIAR'S POINT MISS
The falling back of my forces from the Yocona to the Tallahatchie river renders it unnecessary longer to keep a force at Friar's Point. You will therefore order the entire Cavalry force at Friar's Point to proceed by the most practicable route to Holly Springs Miss keeping north of the Tallahatchie river, where it can be used to great advantage in clearing out the Country of rebel Cavalry.
The Infantry and Artillery you will send to Memphis Tenn The Quartermasters Department at Memphis will furnish you the necessary transportation. The Cavalry should report here as son as practicable
U S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 503-4.
On Dec. 21, 1862, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman wrote to Brig. Gen. Willis A. Gorman, Helena, Ark., requesting a cav. diversion in Miss. in USG's behalf. Ibid., p. 877. On Dec. 23, Gorman wrote to USG. "I will Start 2000.