War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0398 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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OXFORD, MISS., December 10, 1862.

Colonel T. LYLE DICKEY,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

Several infantry divisions will move up to Yockna to-morrow. On their arrival I want the cavalry moved forward to Water Valley and as many of the railroad bridges saved as possible.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

Oxford, Miss., December 10, 1862.

Colonel T. LYLE DICKEY,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

The detail to accompany Colonel McCullough's remains and effects may be made.

The train for provisions for part of your forces in now here. They will have to go to Waterford and possible Holly Springs.

Three divisions are going to the front as far as the Yockna. On their approach I want the cavalry to proceed as far as Water Valley, especially if the bridges are standing to that point.

You need not start on the other expedition until you receive further orders from here.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

JACKSON, December 10, 1862.

Major-General GRANT:

Scouts from Tennessee River report that Bragg is moving toward Florence. The rebels have large force, say between 6,000 and 8,000, on east side of Tennessee, from Duck River to Florence. My scouts have been sent to the river. I will report as soon as heard from.

JER. C. SULLIVAN,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY IN THE FIELD,

Numbers 19.

Oxford, Miss., December 10, 1862.

I. Colonel Buckland's brigade will be transferred to the division now commanded by Brigadier-General Ross. The latter will designate one regiment from his present command to be left on the railroad at a suitable point for water from 4 to 6 miles south of Abbeville.

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By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

[JNO. A. RAWLINS,]

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, December 11, 1862.

Brigadier-General ELLET, Cairo, Ill.:

General Grant has been ordered to assign Company K, Eighteenth Illinois, to the ram fleet. Communicate with him in regard to location of the company and when it will join the fleet.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.