War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0450 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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OXFORD, MISS., December 21, 1862.

Colonel C. C. MARSH, Holly Springs, Miss.:

By all means, send orders countermanding any order for falling back from posts north of you.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

GRAND JUNCTION, December 21, 1862.

General SULLIVAN, Commanding Post:

The enemy are rebuilding the bridge across Wolf River, on the Ball's Bluff road. If you could send a few re-enforcements immediately we shall drive them back to their haunts. Answer.

J. McDERMOTT,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

GRAND JUNCTION, December 21, 1862.

General SULLIVAN:

The enemy, 10,000 strong, reported within 3 miles of here, on the Sauls bury road.

J. McDERMOTT,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

GRAND JUNCTION, December 21, 1862.

OFFICER COMMANDING JACKSON:

Van Dorn, with eight regiments cavalry, is moving on and will attack either La Grande or Grand Junction. Coldwater and Hudsonville taken by the enemy.

Holly Springs retaken by General Ross. Our forces have driven the enemy from Davis' Mill.

J. McDERMOTT,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

BETHEL, December 21, 1862 - 10 p. m.

General DODGE:

A courier who left Bolivar at 3 o'clock this p. m. arrived this moment. General Brayman writes me that he is all in the dark; that he id afraid to use the Jackson wire because there is, he thinks, a rebel officer on that line; that the wires are working to Grand Junction and that had just received from Grand Junction the following:

The latest from Holly Springs reports that town burned with its contents. Colonel McNeil with 250 men prisoners. Van Dorn, advancing this way, reported to be within 3 miles of this place - Grand Junction.

General Brayman telegraphs me to look out for Jackson's cavalry, 6,000 strong. It is reported that they have passed Saulsbury on their way to Bethel; that he knows them to be in this direction.

Now, general, after looking at this position, don't you think I ought