Dec 21 1862. We have again been raided by Rebel cavalry, this time lead by Van Dorn. I sent a telegram to Gen. Halleck
OXFORD, MISS., December 21, 1862-8 p.m.
The rebel cavalry commanded by Van Dorn made dash into Holly Springs yesterday at daylight, capturing the troops, stores, &c. Their movement from the Yalabusha was very rapid. I heard of their crossing and ordered force to Pontotoc to intercept them, but they traveled as fast as the scouts who brought the news. Next their departure from Pontotoc, going north, was reported. All my available cavalry was ordered in pursuit and are still out. As the rebels outnumber them three to one I do not expect much. When communication was broken with the north I had troops concentrate to resist an attack on Jackson. Do not know the result. If enemy are falling back north of the Tallahatchie I may find it necessary to send forces to Corinth. I would like to send two divisions more to Memphis and join the river expedition with them. This would make it necessary to fall back to Bolivar. The enemy are falling back from Grenada.
U. S. GRANT.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 83
O.R., I, xvii, part 1, p 476