Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Memphis Ten. Jan. 25th 1863.
BRIG. GEN. HAMILTON
COMD. G DIST. OF W. TEN.
As soon as it possibly can be done relieve the two regiments at Bethel and with them and two regiments from the new troops arrived or to arrive, form a Brigade to be added to the 8th Division, Gen. J. E. Smith Commanding.
If it is possible to finish the road through from Columbus in a few days, as it is now reported to me is the case, it will be better to do it and bring all the rolling stock of the road over in that way.
U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen. Com
ALS, CSmH. O. R., I, xxiv, part 3, 11.
On Jan. 25, 1863, Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton, Columbus, Ky., telegraphed to USG. "Yours Reed. I shall be in Memphis Monday Evening" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. Hamilton appears to have been responding to a telegram which has not been found.
Memphis, Tenn Jan 26 1863
To COMMANDING OFFICERS AT ALL
STATIONS FROM MEMPHIS TO GRAND JUNCTION
Fortify and build block-houses at all points guarded by troops. A raid may be expected by Van Dorn at any time when the roads will possibly admit of it. He is now said to be North of Grenada.