My supply route compromised, I have no choice but to fall back. I sent a telegram to Gen. McPherson,
Major General J. B. McPHERSON,
Commanding Right Wing:
Fall back with your entire command to the north side of the Tallahatchie, the troops retiring by the same route they advanced on.
I will instruct the cavalry to advance toward Grenada to keep up the idea of an advance as much as possible. Keep your transportation as well to the front as much as possible and instruct your commissaries to collect all the cattle fit for beef they can and corn-meal from the mills.
Destroy all the mills within reach of you and the bridges after you are done using them.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 79
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 445