contents of this Dispatch except as he says they are very important, I have sent them across. Serious charges are made as to the conduct of Genl. Daviess at Columbus. I forward his own report which I opened. I have sent him a letter to day directing the troops detained by him to be sent down to Helena & this place. unless otherwise ordered from Washington. I will explain more fully by letters which will be brought by return train. He does not need more than 1500 to 2,000 men at Columbus. We have abundance of supplies here ... I would write more fully but do not consider the transit safe" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
The report of Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Davies, to which Hurlbut referred, dated Dec. 25 and addressed to Rawlins, discussed at length his actions during the preceding five days while unable to communicate with USG's hd. qrs. Davies had concentrated troops at Columbus, Ky., in the belief that he was threatened by an army of 6,000 or more. ALS, ibid. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 481-82. During this period and later, Davies telegraphed directly to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. Ibid., pp. 441-42, 453-54, 462-63, 470, 479, 493-94, 500, 505, 520. On Dec. 27, Col. Josiah W. Bissell, Memphis, wrote to USG's hd. qrs. that Davies had "acted in an unsoldierly and cowardly manner and has Shown great lack of skill and judgement. Will prefer charges against him." DLC-USG, V, 21; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Register of Letters Received. See telegram to Col. George P. Ihrie, Dec. 25, 1862.
Holly Springs Miss Dec 28th 1862
MAJ GEN J B MCPHERSON
Dispatch from Sullivan says Forrest is making for the Tennessee river he—Sullivan in close pursuit. The Tennessee has risen two feet. Last dispatch received from Navy Department said there was five light draught Gunboats in the Tennessee river three feet draught waiting to go up on the first rise
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. See telegram to Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, Dec. 27, 1862.
On Dec. 29, 1862, 8:06 P. M., Brig. Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, Huntingdon, Tenn., telegraphed to USG. "I reached Huntingdon before the rebels knew I had left Trenton. I have Forrest in a tight place, but he may escape by my not having cavalry. The gunboats are up the river as far as Clifton, and have destroyed all