Holly Springs Miss Dec 29th 1862
Send back to Grand Junction Col Fuller's Brigade 1 by every train coming south. Other troops that have not yet been Brigaded will be sent from here to take their place
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 29, 1862, Col. Michael K. Lawler, Jackson, telegraphed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Telegram Reed & forwarded to Brig Gen Sullivan who is East of trenton on road to Dresden with Col Fullers brigade" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, Col. Oliver Wood, 22nd Ohio, Trenton, telegraphed to USG. "Gen Sullivan is near Huntington Col Fullers brigade is with him forrest was in Dresden last night" Telegram received, ibid. Also on Dec. 29, USG telegraphed to Lawler. "I do not want Col Fuller's Brigade recalled from any expedition they may be on to return to their Division. When they return however I want to exchange other unbrigaded troops to replace them" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 30, Lawler telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch ordering that Col Fullers Brigade shall not be recalled from any Expedition they may be on has been recd & forwarded" Telegram received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On the same day, 7:00 P. M., Lawler again telegraphed to USG. "Major Funke, Eleventh Illinois Cavalry, reports a ferry-boat at Lowrey's Ferry, on the Hatchie. He was followed from there through Brownsville on his return by 300 cavalry; their number on both sides of the river is reported at 1,000. If you send me a regiment of infantry I will drive the rebels across the river." O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 509.
An undated telegram from Col. Joseph D. Webster, Jackson, 4:00 P. M., was probably sent on Dec. 31. "Heavy firing heard this a m for several hours about 25 miles north east near Independence suppose Gen Sullivan has come up with Forrest Col Lawler goes east immediately to Lexington hopes to intercept Rebels in retreat Lowe north of this within hearing distance will report further" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.