December 20, 1862: Van Dorn raids Holly Springs

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Confused reports were coming in from Holly Springs. Forrest and Van Dorn appeared to have a sizable cavalry force, and Col. Robert Murphy, the Union commander, was spooked. Grant ordered Mizner to back up his cavalry under Colonel Marsh, but Mizner seemed to have some trepidation as well. As it turns out, Murphy gave up with barely a fight, and the ensuing blow to Grant’s supply depot there made it necessary for the Union troops to fall back north of the Tallahatchie.

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