On Dec. 21, 1862, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "By general orders
hundred sixty eight 168 all Tennessee east of Tennessee river Therefore Fort
Henry is within dept Cumberland your generals do not apparantly understand
this & are giving orders to post commanders interfering with mine please regu-
late This" Telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams
Received; copy (dated Dec. 20), ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent.
Later telegrams between Rosecrans and officials in Washington concerning con-
trol of the forts are ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). See O. R., I,
xxiii, part 2, 9-10. On Jan. 25, 1863, Halleck telegraphed to USG. "Forts Henry
& Donelson have been transferred to the Dept of the Cumberland." ALS (tele-
gram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On Feb. 4, Halleck tele-
graphed to USG and Rosecrans. "Fort-Hindman, as an appendage to Fort-Henry,
will be attached to the Dept of the Cumberland." ALS (telegram sent), ibid.,
RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); telegram received, ibid., Telegrams
Collected (Unbound). O.R., I, xxiii, part 2, 43. On March 31, Halleck returned
control of Fort Heiman to USG. Ibid., p. 195.
To Col. John C. Kelton
Head Quarters, 13th Army Corps.
Department of the Tennessee.
Holly Springs, Miss.s Jany. 2nd 1863.
COL. J. C. KELTON
A. A. GENL.
WASHINGTON D. C.
Herewith I enclose you reports of Genl Dodge and Col.
Mersey of the 9th Ills. Infy of an expedition from Corinth on the
Mobile & Ohio Road.
I at the same time sent Col. Dickey of the 4th. Ills Cavalry
with about one thousand men from Springdale, Miss., to cooperate. No official report is yet recieved from Col. Dickey
his expedition was eminently successful. He struck the Railroad
about Tupelo, and traveled south about thirty five mile[s] destroying all the bridges and culverts for the whole of that distance, and a large amount of grain that had been collected along
the line of the road for the use of the Rebel Army. He also