On Jan. 7, Brig. Gen. James M. Tuttle, Cairo, twice telegraphed to USG. "Murfreesboro advices report the federal victory complete the entire rebel army is fleeing toward Tullahoma in great disorder All quiet on the Rappahannock Will inform you more as soon as papers come in this P M the monitor foundered" "3 days hard fighting at Murfreesboro our troops victorious have taken the town—Enemy in full retreat—our loss 5500 wounded 1000 killed Enemys loss much larger" Telegrams received, ibid.; (2) ALS (telegrams sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound).
Head Quarters Department of the Tennessee
Holly Springs, Miss., Jan. 8th 1863.
BRIG. GENL. G. W. CULLUM
CHIEF OF STAFF OF ENGINEERS
WASHINGTON D. C.
I would respectfully request that if deemed practicable authority be granted for the transfers of such enlisted men as are mechanics' and desired to be transferred to the Engineer Regiment of the West, commanded by Col. Bissell by and with the consent of their company and Regimental commanders.
In this manner the Regiment would soon be filled to the maxi