On Jan. 3, Lt. Col. John P. Hawkins, La Fayette, Tenn., telegraphed to USG. "I go towards Memphis today hope to get through I would like to have orders as to what amount to fill up Holly Springs have sent stores to Lagrange Jackson & Corinth" Telegram received, ibid. ; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). On the same day, USG telegraphed to Hawkins. "We want all the rations the Rail Road can possibly carry at present Corinth should have 400.000 rations as rapidly as they can be got there keeping other points supplied" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 4, USG twice telegraphed to Hawkins. "Get at supply of ten days rations distributed to all parts of the Department before accumulating beyond that amount at one place. While the supply of meat of the country holds out I see no necessity of Beef contractors coming here nore them bringing more than half rations of pork." "Push rations to Corinth as speedily as possible. Supplies must be sent there to the exclusion of other points, which may be kept down to two days supply." Copies, ibid.
Holly Springs, Miss., Jan. 4, 1863
BRIG. GEN'L. C. S. HAMILTON
LA GRANGE, TENN.,
A scout just in reports that there are but few troops at Pontotoc. Van Dorn is said to have gone east, and is collecting all the Cavalry and Partizan Rangers he can. Dodge says also that he understands a Division of Rebels will be at Jacinto to-morrow