DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Also on Jan. 6, Wilson twice more telegraphed to USG. "Every Engine has her train not an idle car on the line a train will unload at Lagrange this P M I shall send it to Holly this Evening to load tonight & leave at 7 a m" "One train just left here for Holly one from Memphis with stores will leave for Jackson at 12 M a call to move troops at Jackson uses train I should have had from there this morng" Telegrams received, ibid., Telegrams Received.
Holly Springs Miss
Jany 6th 12. M 1863
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF
To obtain supplies of Forage am gradually falling back to line of Memphis and Corinth. Will leave Holly Springs about tenth. One Division goes to Corinth. Supplies coming over Memphis & Charleston Rail Road but so many cars being shut up at Columbus forage and fresh meat must be obtained from country. Supply will last thirty days yet. I seize all mills in Country and issue corn meal to great extent. Contraband question becoming serious one. What will I do with surplus Negroes ? I authorized an Ohio philanthropist few days ago to take all that were at Columbus to his state at Government expense. 1 Would like to dispose of more same way.
U. S. GRANT
Maj Gen'l Com'dg
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88. O.R., I, xvii, part 1, 481.