308-9. On Feb. 2, Rawlins telegraphed this information to Kelton. Telegram
received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393,
Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 1, 117.
On Jan. 17, 1:00 P. M., Asst. Secretary of War Charles A. Dana tele-
graphed to USG. "Will it be practicable for you to spare Gen Wilson for a time
to come here and get the Cavaly Bureau into order and honesty? Of course the
Department will make no order which will deprive you of the services of such
an officer without your full consent, but the necessity for him is very great and
I know of no one else who can perform the duty as well as he. It is a question of
saving millions of money and rendering the cavalry arm every where efficient.
You can have him again as soon as he gets the machine in good working order,
say in sixty days. If you spare him let him come directly. He will be appointed
Chief of the Bureau. Please answer by telegraph" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 40, 94;
DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence. O. R., I,
xxxii, part 2, 115-16. On Jan. 18, 11:30 A. M., USG telegraphed to Dana. "I
will order Genl Wilson at once. No more efficient or better appointment could
be made for the place" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Col-
lected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Cor-
respondence ; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 131.
To Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Nashville Ten. Jan.y, 19th 1864
MAJ. GEN. G. H. THOMAS,
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE CUM. D
Owing to the presence of Longstreet still in East Tennessee it
will be impossible to attempt any movement from present positions whilst he remains. The great number of veteran volunteers
now absent, and yet to be furloughed, will be another difficulty in
the way of any movement this Winter. Sherman however will be
able to collect about 20.000 men from that part of his command
now along the Mississippi River available for a movement Eastward from Vicksburg. He expects to have these ready to start about
the 24th inst. He will proceed eastward as far as Meredian at least
and will thoroughly destroy the roads east & south from there, and
if possible will throw troops as far east as Selma, or, if he finds
Mobile so far unguarded as to make his force sufficient for the en
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1982.
Page number: 45.
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