Holly Springs Jan 1 1863.
BRIG GENL C. S. HAMILTON
I would forage off the neighborhood of Somerville but destroy nothing not even the Mill we can use all they have
Sullivan caught up with Forrestt and gave him a tremendious thrashing carptured six peices of his artillery and killed and wounded a great many took his baggage and several hundred prisoners The Gunboats got up and destroyed all his ferries. Dodge says that a scout brings in the news that Roscran has had a fight and whipped the enemy badly
Vicksburg is not taken Kirby Smith is reinforceing that place with his Army Corps 30.000 Strong
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 1, 1863, Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton, La Grange, Tenn., had telegraphed to USG. "Richardson's guerrillas are hovering about Somerville, 800 to 1,200 strong. Is it best for Lee to forage in the neighborhood, so that the scoundrels can't subsist there ? To do that it may be necessary to burn the mills. I want to see them cleaned out. I propose to send a couple of infantry regiments to Somerville in a few days on a foraging expedition, and see if Somerville bacon is good. Quinby is at La Fayette. Train of cars goes there in the morning." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 518. On Jan. 3, Hamilton telegraphed to USG. "Lee has returned to near Moscow. Richardson ran off. Lee got 8 prisoners and 170 horses and mules. Shall begin moving infantry. Sullivan is here." Ibid., p. 525.