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HOLLY SPRINGS, MISS., January 8, 1863.

Major General J. B. McPHERSON, Holly Springs, Miss.:

Order Denver to move immediately to take Logan's place, Logan to move west and relieve McArthur until Lauman can be pushed to Moscow and La Fayette.

A dispatch from General Halleck just received says that Richmond papers of the 5th say that Sherman has been repulsed, and to re-enforce him with all troops possible to spare.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

HOLLY SPRINGS, MISS., January 8, 1863.

Brigadier General J. B. McPHERSON, Holly Springs, Miss.:

As soon as all public store, sic, &c., are removed from Holly Springs fall back with the troops now occupying the place to the vicinity of La Grange, Grand Junction, or Davis' Mill.

When you arrive there, examine the railroad to the east and ascertain the practicability of supplying troops to Pocahontas by rail and teams. If practicable and you think it advisable, Denver's division may be moved to that place.

The Twenty-fifth Iowa and Ninetieth Illinois, now doing railroad duty, will be added to General Denver's division, giving him twelve regiments. By taking two regiments from the old brigade a new one can be formed.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, January 8, 1863.

Major-General WRIGHT, Cincinnati, Ohio:

Send Ewing's brigade down the Mississippi, reporting to General Grant, at Memphis.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

CINCINNATI, OHIO, January 8, 1863-1 p.m.

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

Ewing's brigade (2,600 strong) is about leaving Louisville, by river, for Nashville. Have you any information from Vicksburg which makes it important to send this force there rather than to General Rosecrans? Ewing is instructed to stp at Smithland for orders. Please answer at once.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

Steamer Tigress, January 8, 1863.

Major General SAMUEL R. CURTIS,

Commanding Department of the Frontier, Saint Louis, Mo.:

GENERAL: Upon the retirement of the forces under Major-General Sherman's command from the vicinity of Vicksburg to Milliken's Bend I assumed command of them on the 4th instant.

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