To Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Feb 8th 1864
MAJ GEN HALLECK
GEN IN CHF
Genl Foster telegraphs from Knoxville under date of yesterday that an expedition sent against Thomas
1 and his band of Indians and whites at Quallatown
2 has returned completely successful
They surprised the town, killed & wounded [two] hundred & fifteen, took fifty prisoners, dispersed the remainder of the gang in
the mountains—Our loss two killed & six wounded
U S GRANT M G
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). This telegram virtually repeated a telegram of Feb. 7, 1864, from Maj. Gen. John G.
Foster, Knoxville, to USG. Copies
(2), ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss.,
Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 1, 159.
William H. Thomas, born in N. C. in 1805, established a successful
trading post at Quallatown, N. C., in the late 1820s. He worked as agent and
advisor to the Cherokee Indians who remained in N. C. after 1838, and served
in the N. C. Senate during the 1850s. In 1862, he organized Thomas' Legion
(69th N. C. ), two cos. of which consisted of Cherokees. See Richard W. Iobst,
"William Holland Thomas and the Cherokee Claims," in Duane H. King, ed., The Cherokee Indian Nation: A Troubled History (Knoxville, 1979), pp. 181-
201 ; Nathaniel C. Browder, The Cherokee Indians and Those Who Came
After ... (Hayesville, N. C., 1973), pp. 227-36.
Quallatown, N. C., on the Oconalufte River, approximately fifty miles
southeast of Knoxville.
To Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs
From Nashville M.
Dated, Feby 9 1864.
GEN M C MEIGS Q M G.
The wagons and mules called for by Genl Thomas are More
than can be required by the four (4) dept's. in my Command in
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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: 91.
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