the boats and ferries. To escape, Forrest must pass as far south as Savannah. My troops are moving on him in three directions, and I hope for success." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 505. On the same day, telegraph operator John C. Holdridge, Trenton, Tenn., telegraphed to USG. "A Scout just in from Paducah reports that Forrests flat boats are all torn up & floating down the river forrest seems to be surrounded by our forces as near as we can learn this evening" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Holly Springs Miss Dec 28. 1862
BRIG GENL J F QUINBY
COMM'G 7TH DIVISION
Fearing that damages to the Rail Road north to Columbus, will take several weeks to repair, I, have directed the opening of the Memphis road. Investigation shows that but little damage has been done it at Moscow, and consequently cars can be run in a day or two at least as far as Lafayette 21 miles west of Grand Junction. 1 The roads from Memphis to that point are good. I have directed therefore that cars be got as far West as practicable to meet you on your return, and have also sent troops to guard the road to Lafayette and I think for some miles further west You will then return by the state line road until you meet the cars, and then in the absence of further orders dispose of your troops to guard the road westward as the work progresses. We may find it necessary to send the wagons back to get a second load of supplies. This will depend however on the extent of damages to be repaired, both on the road north and the Memphis road
I have no idea of keeping the Memphis road except for temporary purposes
It may become necessary however to send more troops to Vicksburg In that event the road will be very convenient
U S GRANT