barren of any subsistence" Copy, ibid. On Feb. 6, Logan telegraphed to Rawlins. "Last night my troops under Gen'l M. L. Smith returned to the river having gone in the direction of Rome as far as they could on account of forage &c. They captured some 50 odd prisoners destroyed all the Nitre works at Rowlinsville. Wheelers force is at Gansden quiet. A force of the enemy have concentrated at Kingston & quite a number have passed through Montgomery to Mobile some 3 weeks since. There is no forage or subsistence after leaving the Tenn until you reach the Coosa. What is there is being removed as rapidly as possible. I have a force at the river and will send out again soon in that direction. I think the object has been accomplished however. I leave for Huntsville this morning and push the work on the road between Huntsville and Decatur as rapidly as possible. A great many Alabamians in the Country desire to enlist in the Ala. regt. they have shown themselves very useful men. If I had the Authority I could fill the regt. and use them to a good purpose. They are best Scouts I ever saw and know the Country well clear to Montgomery—My Veterans are very anxious to go home—Have heard nothing from Gen'l Thomas I know nothing of his movements on the Lafayette road &c." Copies, ibid.; ibid., 15th Army Corps, Letters and Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 127-28. On the same day, Rawlins telegraphed to Logan. "You are authorized to enlist loyal Alabamians in the present Alabama Regiment for three years or during the war, and will so enlist them. Send the veteran regiments home as fast as you can. A more favorable time will not likely occur" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent.
Head Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
In the Field, Chattanooga Ten. Jan. 24th 1864.
MAJ. GEN. G. H. THOMAS,
COMD. G DEPT. OF THE CUM. D
Should the advance of Longstreet upon Knoxville make reinforcements to Foster necessary send the remainder of the 4th Corps, except Artillery. I do not deem more Artillery necessary under any circumstances unless you should deem it advisable as a safe guard whilst on the march. Should the exigencies of Foster's position make more reinforcements necessary send such other troops as you can spare.
In case you are called on for troops to go into East Tennessee I wish you to take the command, in person, and on arrival at Knoxville to take command of all the forces. The condition Foster is now in makes it impossible for him to take the field, in justice to