Dec 26 1862. We may have a chance to end the constant raiding of our communications. I sent a telegram to Gen. Sullivan,
HOLLY SPRINGS, December 26, 1862.
General SULLIVAN, Jackson, Tenn.:
Van Dorn went to Bolivar pursued by our cavalry, then struck south-east through Saulsbury and Ripley. Our cavalry was till in pursuit at that point, and have not since been heard from. This was yesterday. They are now near Grenada. Two deserters came in from Van Dorn to-day; they left him 10 miles north of New Albany at 10 o’clock last night, still going south. If there is any cavalry north of the Hatchie it must be some small irregular band.
Send cars to Davis’ Mill and I will order four regiments more up to you. Collect all the bacon, beef, hogs, sheep, and grain you can from planters. Mount all the infantry you can and drive Forrest east of the Tennessee.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 122
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 489