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Published on December 19th, 2012 | by Newt Rayburn


Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s Correspondence from Oxford, Mississippi – December 19, 1862

December 19, 1862.

Union General US Grant was headquartered in Oxford, Mississippi with the Army of the Tennessee.

Grant was concerned about Confederate Cavalry movements in North Mississippi and he sent telegrams to Union Colonel Robert C. Murphy stationed in Holly Springs.


Trivia Question:

Where was the now defunct town of Rocky Ford that General Grant mentions in his telegrams to Colonel Murphy?

General Ulysses S. Grant

Union General Ulysses S. Grant

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Oxford, Miss., December 19, 1862.
To Colonel Robert C. Murphy, Holly Springs :

Jackson is moving north with a large force of Cavalry. Will probably be at Rocky Ford to night. Send out all the Cavalry you can to watch their movements. I am sending Cavalry from the front to follow Jackson. Let the 2nd join them in pursuit.

U. S. Grant, Major-General.

Union Colonel Robert C. Murphy

Union Colonel Robert C. Murphy





Holly Springs, Miss., December 19, 1862
General Grant:

Have ordered out all my cavalry as you order.  Where is Rocky Ford you speak of?  I found no map here and have none but what I have made of surrounding country that are reliable.  Shall have cavalry on the New Albany and Pontotoc road.  Will that be the course?

R. C. Murphy.


General Ulysses S. Grant

Union General Ulysses S. Grant

Oxford, Miss., December 19, 1862.
Col. R. C. Murphy, Holly Springs, Miss.:

Rocky Ford is on the Tallahatchie, about 20 miles above Abbeville, on railroad crossing.  In the morning will be early enough for your cavalry to start, and then go due east from Holly Springs to watch the enemy.  They must be on their guard not to be caught, and , if they can, retard the movements of Jackson until Mizner can get up.

U. S. Grant, Major-General.

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Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt is perhaps best known as the leader of the Mississippi RocknRoll band THE COOTERS, but he also has the Country & Southern Rock group, HAWGWASH. Newt is a Photographer, Writer, and Civil War Enthusiast.

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