Feb. 25, 1864, 8:00 P. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Genl Schofield has moved to Strawberry Plain and will follow Longstreet as soon as he can get over the river—He says information received says Longstreet was ordered back to Virginia, but do not know if this is the fact—Schofield will follow up vigorously and ascertain his movement as soon as possible" Telegram received (misdated Feb. 25, 1863), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies (dated 1864), ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. Printed as sent at 9:00 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 463.
Nashville February 25th 1864
MAJOR GENERAL SLOCUM
During present operations at the front it is of the highest importance that Stevenson and Bridgeport be guarded vigilantly against a raid by the enemy. The fords in the river below Bridgeport should be well guarded. I wish you would go in person and make an inspection of those two posts. Go by to nights train if you receive this in time.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. On Feb. 26, 1864, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum, Stevenson, Ala., telegraphed to USG. "I have sent guards to the fords mentioned in your dispatch—The field work at this place is a strong one & the troops both Infantry & artillery can be relied upon—I shall go to Bridgeport tomorrow" Telegram received, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Military Div. of the Miss.; copy, ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Feb. 27, Slocum, Bridgeport, Ala., telegraphed to USG. "I find every thing at this post in good order The fords are well Guarded scouts are sent in every direction the field works are all garrisoned I think you can feel perfectly safe as to this post & stevenson" Telegram received, ibid., RG 94, War Records Office, Military Div. of the Miss.; copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 485.