Nov 30 1862 We need information on the enemy’s position and I have given instructions to Gen. Sherman to obtain it.
HOLLY SPRINGS, MISS., November 30, 1862.
Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN,
Commanding Right Wing:
GENERAL: At as early a day as practicable I want to have made a cavalry reconnaissance to the enemy’s right, taking with them three days’ rations. Tuesday will probably be the day for starting this expedition, and all the cavalry except escort companies and just sufficient for cavalry picket duty will be required. I will try to see you to-morrow, and when relative positions are fixed between the different wings, will establish telegraph offices to each. If you are likely to have any important information within a few hours you can retain the messenger that takes this to bring it back. No news from Hamilton this morning.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 364-5
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 371