with my forces but sent forward all the mounted men I could raise with one sec-
tion of artillery they will get to Clifton today No gunboats in the River heard
nothing from Sullivans forces our cavalry have lost considerable in killed &
wounded but not many prisoners they took several of forrests men I have just
returned" Telegram received, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Military Div.
of the Miss.; copy, ibid., Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, xvii, part 1, 551. "My
cavalry are all at & about Clifton seventy 70 miles from here will keep out my
scouts had I better recall them before the coast is clear in that direction" Tele-
gram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the
same day, USG telegraphed to Dodge. "You can exercise your Judgement about
when to recall your Cavalry. I have sent a Regiment of Cavalry to Sullivan"
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent.
On Jan. 4, Dodge telegraphed to USG. "Forrest has halted back of Savannah the
cavalry at Waynesboro & one battery or part of battery have gone to him the
scout says that infantry & large bodies of cavalry have crossed Tenn at Head of
Muscle Shoals since Dec 28th this since Kirby Smiths troops went south which
he thinks did not exceed fifteen thousand I believe these men tell the truth have
you anything that tends to confirm these reports" Telegram received, ibid.,
RG 94, War Records Office, Military Div. of the Miss.
To Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut
Head Quartes Dept of the Tennessee
Holly Springs Miss Jan 3 1863.
MAJ GENL S. A HURLBUT.
COMD. G DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS
Some citizens of Memphis were overheard to say that there
was a determination that we should not run the M & C. R. R.
That it will be easier to interrupt that and force us to move the
Army to Memphis for supplies than to come here to fight the
It is my determination to run the road as long as we require
it and if necessary I will remove every family and every species
of personal property. between the Hatchie and Cold Water
1 I will also move south every family in Memphis of
doubtful loyalty whether they have taken the oath of illagiance
or not if it is necessary for our security and you can so notify them
For every raid or attempted raid by Geurillas upon the road
I want ten families of the most noted secessionists sent south
if the enemy with his regularly organized force attacks us I do