number of perhaps 1,500. No fear of Grand Junction or this place. Your dispatch of last night received. I have sent Lee his instructions at Moscow." O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 518.
Also on Dec. 31, USG telegraphed to George G. Pride, La Fayette, Tenn. "I have just telegraphed to Hamilton to have McArthur hold the road from Moscow five or ten Miles west of La Fayette and Quinby from there to Memphis until Hurlbut receives reenforcements" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Dec. 30, Pride, La Grange, telegraphed to USG. "I hope day after tomorrow night to run into Lafayette & probably next day to Memphis" Telegraph received, ibid., Telegrams Received. On Dec. 31, Pride, La Fayette, telegraphed to USG. "We will want a Telegraph operator soon as he can get to Germantown hope to get to Memphis day after tomorrow Col Crocker with his Brigade just arrived" Telegram received, ibid. On the same day, Pride telegraphed twice to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins. "Day before yesterday two men who are intelligent belonging to the regt on duty at this place were captured & today returned & report that Somerville is well provided with Supplies procured at Memphis & that enemy procure everything they require in that manner direct from Memphis I learn from Gen McArthur that his division will reach to Layfayette Quinby to Germantown & Hurlbut from there to Memphis Is this correct I hope to run to Memphis day after tomorrow" "We are at the bridge three 3 miles west of Lafayette & are three 3 miles East of Lafayette how far west will Mcarthurs troops go guarding Railroad please answer tonight Gen Hamilton Telegraphs that Hurlbuts to guard to germantown Quinby thence to Lafayette Mcarthurs Lafayette & Moscow leaving fifteen miles to Hurlbut is this right" Telegrams received, ibid.
Holly Springs Miss
Dec 31st 1862
COMM'DG 2ND ILLINOIS CAVALRY.
You will proceed to Memphis Tenn with all the effective men of your command with as little delay as praticable keeping south of the State line road to Germantown From that point to Memphis take any route you may desire. Any Guerilla Bands you may hear of to your right of left break up if praticable Returning you can take any route that information you may receive will most thoroughly clear out the country between this and Memphis of small bands of the enemy's Cavalry. You can remain