of the 29th [19th] inst, I deem it of but little consequence to make any reply to that portion referring to the movements of this Army and the Army of the Tennessee this Spring, as I fully concur with you in the view you take of the best moves for them to make. In reply to the latter portion of your letter, I would suggest, the landing of the Column at Smithfield and vicinity, marching from that point to Sussex Court House, thence to Hick's Ford, on the Petersburg and Roanoke R. R. and thence to Raleigh. By this route the Column would experience but little difficulty in crossing the Nottoway, Maherrin, and Roanoke Rivers and would also find large plantations well supplied with forage and cattle. The roads are also good and well watered. By the lower route or the one you propose the Column would encounter great difficulties in crossing all three of the above named streams because they are bordered by extensive and boggy Swamps. I will also suggest another route which perhaps might be better for a smaller force than either of the other two (say twenty thousand Infantry and ten thousand cavalry)—I would land at Winton on Chowan River, march thence to Northampton Court House & thence to Weldon. This is the shortest practicable route and only presents one difficulty that of crossing Roanoke river—There is still another route, Land at Washington march thence to Raleigh and from Raleigh to Weldon. The Roanoke is one of the finest streams in the country to cover the movements of an army." ALS, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 264.
11 A. M January 20th 1864
MAJ GENL HALLECK
GENL IN CHIEF
Major General J G Foster is falling back from Dandridge towards — 1 He can hold the place as long as supplies can be got to him—I shall go to Chattanooga and make every exertion for furnishing the supplies and will send reinforcements if necessary
Under existing circumstances I will not go to St Louis— 2
U S. GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 151.