War of the Rebellion: Serial 024 Page 0475 Chapter XXIX. MISSISSIPPI CENTRAL RAILROAD.

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OXFORD, MISS., December 9, 1862-5 p.m.

The number of prisoners taken on the advance here proves over 1,200. Besides these, many deserters come in daily to take the oath of allegiance and return home to the border States. I have permitted in arms, to take the oath and go home. A letter from General McClernand, just received, states that he expects to go forward in a few days. Sherman has already gone. The enterprise would be much safer in charge of the latter.

U. S. GRANT.

Major-General.

Major-General HALLECK.

OXFORD, MISS., December 10, 1862-12 noon.

Following dispatch just received from Corinth, Miss., December 10, 1862:

Major General U. S. GRANT:

The news from Bragg is that Kirby Smith is at Murfreesborough, Breckinridge at Shelbyville, Bragg a short distance from Tullahoma. The railroad is finished from Athens to Tennessee River, thence to Huntsville. This may account for the accelerating accumulation of forage on railroad which runs from Florence to that railroad. I have seen several men from Bragg's army with twenty days' furlough. They say Bragg intends to stay where he is. Provisions getting very scarce is Tennessee Valley and north of it.

G. M. DODGE,

Brigadier-General.

U. S. GRANT.

Major-General.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief.

OXFORD, MISS., December 10, 1862.-3 p.m.

One of our soldiers, who escaped from rebels and returned, reports Price 15 miles south of Grenada, on the Yazoo. From other sources I learn that their army is retreating to Jackson.

U. S. GRANT.

Major-General.

Major-General HALLECK.

OXFORD, MISS., December 13, 1862.

Urge the confirmation of McPherson. He commands a wing of this army, and it is of vast importance to the service that he should receive it.

U. S. GRANT.

Major-General, Commanding.

Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief.

OXFORD, MISS., December 14, 1862.

The following dispatch from General Dodge just received:

CORINTH, December 14, 1862.

Major-General GRANT:

At the time I sent the force to Tuscumbia I sent a small cavalry force to cut the roads running from Tuscumbia, Decatur, Warrenton, and Chattanooga to Columbus