Holly Springs [Jan. ] 1st 
News justbrought in to Corinth says there has been a sharp fight near Nashville. Johnsons. army badly cut up & falling back. 1 Do you get anything from Grenada or South East.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received, McPherson Papers, NjR; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 1, 1863, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson telegraphed to USG. "The defeat of Johnston [Bragg] is good news for New Year's day. I have nothing definite from Grenada or the southeast. The scout whom I expected back from Grenada has not returned. I have sent three more, one southeast, one in south of Panola, and one toward Grenada, but it is very difficult to get good scouts here. The citizens generally don't know anything, and when they do are not to be trusted, unless corroborated from other sources. The cavalry are out every day, but thus far have got no news of the enemy's movements." O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 518. Also on Jan. 1, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "Would it not be well to move Colonel Leggett's brigade to this side of the Tallahatchie ? There is nothing left at Abbeville, and the rebel fortifications on the south side have been leveled down by the contrabands. The bridges can be guarded from this side and I can keep a good force of cavalry at Abbeville to scour the country. The road across the bottom is very bad, making communication somewhat difficult." Ibid., p. 519. On the same day, USG telegraphed to McPherson. "Leave Leggett in Abbyville until after you have been up here." Telegram received, McPherson Papers, NjR; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.1.In the battle of Murfreesboro or Stone's River, Tenn., Dec. 31, 1862- Jan. 2, 1863, the armies of C. S. A. Gen. Braxton Bragg and Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans fought inconclusively, though U. S. losses were greater.