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    Ulysses S. Grant War Date Autograph Letter Signed as Major General "U. S. Grant". One page, 8" x 10", Headquarters, Holly Springs, Mississippi, December 23, 1862, in ink, to Colonel John Van Deusen DuBois, slightly toned with old fold creases, else fine.

    Grant writes in full: "Col. You will proceed by first train of Pass going North from this place to Benton Barracks, Mo. in charge of the prisoners paroled at this place on the 20th inst. Cause complete rolls to be made of the prisoners on the route there and furnish one copy to the commanding officer at Benton Barracks and send one roll to these Hd. Quarters. Rations can be drawn at the different posts on the route as required, taking enough from Columbus, or Cairo, to last through to St. Louis. Having performed this duty report to the Gen in Chief of the Army, by letter, for further instructions. Respectfully &c. U. S. Grant Maj. Gen.".

    This letter was written just three days after Confederate General Earl Van Dorn's raid on Grant's major supply depot at Holly Springs. The raid represented a stunning defeat for Grant as countless wagons, railroad cars and buildings loaded with supplies were burned. The date of the letter is curious as Van Dorn remained in the area for a few days after the raid and by all accounts was in complete control of the town.

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