Holly Springs Miss
Dec 29th 1862
COL J D WEBSTER
The paper of the 21st contains no news of "Special" interest. —Burnside is north of the Rappahanock 1 still. Davies has had a big scare with 5000 men near Columbus. Thinks the enemy with a Division under Cheatham within three miles of him
Burnside and his Generals have been before the Committee on the conduct of the war. Public opinion sustains him. Possible that Banks 2 may have cooperated with forces against Vicksburg. Dont know this to be so. Report from the South says Vicksburgh in our possession. McClernand is in Memphis on his way to take command
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 29, 1862, 9:10 P. M., Col. Joseph D. Webster telegraphed to USG. "Is there any important news from the East we have nothing later than the 17th" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, telegraph operator John C. Holdridge, Trenton, Tenn., telegraphed to USG. "I have paper of 23d shall I send you telegraf Items" Telegram received, ibid.