mum number, and would add greatly to the efficiency of the Regiment.
I am General
Your Obt: Servt.
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 5, 8, 24, 88; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. On Feb. 2, 1863, Col. John C. Kelton endorsed this letter to USG. "Resp: returned to Maj. Genl Grant. Transfers from one Vol. Regts. to another is not approved by the War Department." Copy, ibid., RG 108, Register of Letters Received.
On Feb. 16, Col. Josiah W. Bissell wrote to USG concerning problems in obtaining pay for his engineer regt. ALS, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Received.
Holly Springs Miss Jan 8 1863
BRIG GEN J B MCPHERSON
HOLLY SPRINGS MISS
As soon as all public Stores Sick &c are removed from Holly Springs fall back with the troops now occupying the place to the vicinity of La Grange Grand Junction or Davis' Mills 1
When you arrive there examine the Rail Road to the East, and ascertain the practicability of supplying troops at Pocohontas by rail and trains If practicable, and you think it advisable, Denver's Division may be moved to that place
The 25th Iowa and 90th Illinoiss now doing Rail Road duty, will be added to Genl Denver's Division, giving him 12 Regiments By taking two Regiments from the old Brigades,a new one can be formed
U. S. GRANT