copies of all dispatches sent over the mil lines properly filed & forwarded to the Dept at Wash" "The order referred to is Embraced in a letter of instructions originating from Col Anson Stager Gen Supt of mil Tel Washn City" ALS (telegrams sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegrams received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Fuller. "Col Stager has no authority to demand the originals of Military despatches, and cannot have them. I keep a record of all my despatches, and destroy the originals I appreciate your informing of the order you had received before acting upon it Inform Col Stager that he transcends his authority when he demands the Military Correspondence taking place in this department" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On Jan. 17, Fuller telegraphed to USG a copy of the orders concerning telegrams. ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Also on Jan. 8, Fuller telegraphed to USG. "Latest in the morning papers from Nashville state our loss 3000 killed & missing 7000 wounded rebel loss more than double rebels retreating & Rosecrans pursuing near Tullahoma Col Carter reported to have destroyed large no of railroad bridges east of Knoxville thus cutting off Richmond from the west" Telegram received, ibid. ; ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound). On Jan. 9, Fuller telegraphed to USG. "The Cypher clerk at Washington desires me to inform you that the despatch dated 2 30 P M on the 7th was not intended for you It was sent to you through a mistake" Telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Holly Springs Miss.
1. P. M. Jan. 9. 1863.
MAJ GEN H W. HALLECK,
GEN IN CHF
Sherman has returned to Napoleon. 1
His loss was small. Will send you the particulars as soon learned.
I will start for Memphis immediately 2 and will do everything possible for the capture of Vicksburg.
U. S. GRANT.
Maj. Gen. Comd'g