War of the Rebellion: Serial 025 Page 0456 WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS. Chapter XXIX.

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OXFORD, MISS., December 22, 1862.

Brigadier General C. S. HAMILTON, Holly Springs, Miss.:

The cavalry Leed not start to-night, if not already started. Their camp equipage is all ordered to Abbeville, where they will remain until further orders.

You may retain Lee's cavalry with you. Open communication with the north, if possible, and get information from Corinth. I telegraphed you instructions to-day to send one division to Holly Springs and one to Waterford. I will give Quinby instructions here.

You need not move from position indicated here without further directions.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

HOLLY SPRINGS, December 22, 1862.

General GRANT:

Van Dorn went to Salem; then to Davis' Mill, where he was repulsed; then down south bank Wolf to Moscow. He pulled up some rails near Davis' Mill. He started north from Moscow at 3 o'clock this morning. All right at Corinth. I think I will send a brigade to Salem to head Van Dorn.

C. S. HAMILTON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Oxford, Miss., December 22, 1862.

Brigadier General I. F. QUINBY,

Commanding Seventeenth Division:

You will move from here to-morrow with your command and encamp it in the neighborhood of Lumpkin's Mill. It is not necessary that this should be done in one day.

General Denver has been ordered to move to Abbeville and there encamp to-morrow night.

By order of Major General U. S. Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JACKSON, December 22, 1862-7.45.

Major-General GRANT:

Jackson, Humboldt, and Bolivar all right. The rebels are in strong force all around us-entirely cavalry. I am busy repairing the road north, and will use all my force to keep it open. Trenton wa taken by Forrest. Our loss, no one killed and but 2 or 3 wounded. All surrendered. The wires are not in order above here.

JER. C. SULLIVAN,

Brigadier-General.

[Indorsement.]

General HAMILTON:

Send word to Marsh to push on to Grand Junction to-night. There is a large force of cavalry in north of them. There are about 100,000 rations at Grand Junction.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.