War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0523 Chapter XLIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Memphis, Tennessee, December 28, 1863.

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Comdg. Department of the Tennessee, via Nashville:

Forrest, driven from Jackson, eluded Grierson's cavalry and crossed the railroad at La Grange last night. This was owing to neglect of orders in not destroying bridge over Wolf in rear of La Fayette. He had been repulsed between Somerville and Middleburg. Telegraph and railroad east of Collierville are cut; damage not known.

Grierson was at La Grange at last accounts, and I suppose is pursuing. Smith not yet heard from.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

COLLIERVILLE, December 28, 1863.

(Received 9 a. m.)

Major-General HURLBUT:

The enemy fell back during the night and have gone south. The Ninth Illinois Cavalry arrived here at daylight this a. m.

W. SCOTT BELDEN,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

LA GRANGE,

December 28, 1863.

Major-General HURLBUT:

Part of Mizner's force is here. Trains will return to Corinth to-night for the balance, which will perhaps be here by 10 o'clock tomorrow. Had I best hold this portion here until the balance arrives?

B. H. GRIERSON,

Brigadier-General.

MEMPHIS, December 28, 1863.

(Received 8.50 p. m.)

Brigadier General B. H. GRIERSON:

Let them rest to-night and move out in the morning 10 or 12 miles.

S. A. HURLBUT,

Major-General.

LA GRANGE,

December 28, 1863.

Colonel PRINCE,

Commanding Seventh Illinois Cavalry:

You will hold your whole available force in readiness to move early in the morning with three days' rations in haversacks. Major Graham will be here to-night.

By order of Brigadier General B. H. Grierson:

S. L. WOODWARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.