Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 2, 1863, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson telegraphed to USG. "Scout just in from Grenada and confirms report that a considerable portion of the force there has gone south, though those remaining are still fortifying. No attempts have been made to repair the railroad this side of Grenada, and only sufficient repairs on the dirt roads to facilitate the passage of cavalry. Van Dorn is very popular since his return, and the report is that his forces are concentrating near Pontotoc for another movement. Hatch says there has been a regiment of rebel cavalry near Rocky Ford, but nothing more, he thinks. He has sent out four companies of cavalry to reconnoiter. The whole country is full of small parties hovering near our lines to pick up stragglers and watch our movements. I sent scouts in the direction of Panola yesterday morning, but they have not returned." O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 521. On Jan. 4, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "The battalion of cavalry sent out day before yesterday to Rocky Ford has not returned. They were instructed to push on until they met the enemy or learned something of his movements, and as they have not returned or sent any word back I think they have gone beyond Rocky Ford." Ibid., p. 533.
BY TELEGRAPH FROM U S Grants Hd Qurs [Jan. 2] 1863 To GEN BRAYMAN
Stockades must be built at every Military post or Station. 1 A cavalry Raid under Van Dorn may be looked for any day & must be resisted He is now consentrating his Cavalry at Pontotoc notify every Officer of your command to be ready and on alert Acknowledge receipt of this Order
U S GRANT
Telegram received, Brayman Papers, ICHi. This telegram was sent to "All Commanders From Holly Springs to Jackson and Memphis." Telegram received, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, 17th Army Corps; copies, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent; DLC-USG, V, 18, 30. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 523.
On Jan. 2, 1863, Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Mason Brayman. "It is rumored that a large force of the enemys cavalry is again moving north you will give such orders as to secure proper vigilance on the part of your command against an attack" Telegram received, Brayman Papers, ICHi ; copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the