on & Banks below the City. I do not think that any troops will come to this place from Helena but hope for a Regiment or more from Columbus when Daviess lets them go. I have been compelled to postpone the Election for Member of Congress from the 29 Dec. to 20 January on account of this Raid—by that time I hope the Country will be quiet. I beg you will state to the General that Major Genl John A McClernand went down the River this morning on the Tigress. He will need convoy to get through below. I am sorry that my health hitherto good is failing me—I am unable for the field on account of an obstonate Erysipelas which annoys me exceedingly about the face & eyes & has prevented my riding for two weeks —I am however fit for Office work & to hold Memphis especially as Halleck will not let me go home—" ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 506-8.
Holly Springs [Dec. ] 30 
MAJ GEN MCPHERSON.
I have det[ained] Denvers Division here & sent McArthur to Lafayette & Moscow thus keeping the commands more together—I have rebrigaded the cavalry making 2 Brigades the one commanded by Grierson to be assigned to you 1—For the present they are encamped East of Holly Springs a few miles out 2 They had better remain where they are but be ready for an Expedition in any direction. Do you hear anything from the front 3—I have had 2.000. Cavalry at Friars Point that made an unsuccessful attempt to reach me at Oxford I have now ordered them to get hereby the most practicable route they may have gone back to Helena however
U S GRANT
Telegram received, McPherson Papers, NjR; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 509.