Holly Springs Miss
Dec 29th 1862
COL J D WEBSTER
As Jackson Corinth and the Army here will have to supplied from Memphis until the road north is repaired all cars that can be spared out to sent to Grand Junction at once
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 29, 1862, Col. Joseph D. Webster, Jackson, twice telegraphed to USG. "Will send all cars to Grand Junction commencing tomorrow on through freight time Have been north to three miles beyond Dyer Things are going on well train to Rutherford tonight Cannot tell how much damage beyond Some reason to hope road is uninjured beyond Union City no distress for Subsistence here" "I understand it isproposed to send a large number of sick men from Holly Springs Would it not be better to send them to Memphis in cars going for Subsistence & so economise transportation they can be put on hospital boats there" Telegrams received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
On Dec. 30, USG telegraphed to S. W. Wilson, railroad agent. "All the sick at the Depot will have cars furnished for them immediately to the exclusion of everything els. All orders interfering with this are countermanded." ALS (telegram sent), Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Sang, River Forest, Ill.
Also on Dec. 30, Webster telegraphed twice to USG, the second time at 10:00 P. M. "Train to Rutherford today stong party working south from union City distance between reduced to Eleven (11) miles hope to make connection in few days Gen Sullivan went east from Trenton sunday morng nothing from him since Rebel camp discovered today at Milan East of Humboldt" "Some of Regts which are to be replaced by those now coming north are probly absent from line of the Road with Gen Sullivan There is little excitemnt in consequence of our cavalry having been driven in yesterday mornng & some spies having been seen in town we are making little preparation as matter of prudence I attend to the East side of town Lawler west" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.