support more if I had it. I can not learn much of the enemys movements by the use of cavalry alone. My spies will be able to keep pretty close track of him." ALS, DLC-John M. Schofield.
Nashville 11. A. M. 28th Feb 1864
MAJOR GENERAL G. H THOMAS
General Schofield was notified as soon as it was reported that Longstreet was leaving East Tennessee, to return Grangers Corps the moment it was known to be safe to do so.
With the limited command now left to Schofield you will, with Granger returned, have to hold to Loudon. Send Logans troops back at the earliest moment you can dispense with them. Notify me when they start.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 490.
On Feb. 28, 1864, 8:45 P. M., Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "I propose to give Genl Schofield all the East Tenn. troops Infantry & Cavalry now in myDepartment named Spears Brigade composed of the Thirty fifth and fifth East Tennessee infantry Second third and fifth Tennessee Cavalry They have been of no use to me, as their private interests have drawn them towards East Tennessee It has been impossible for me to get any returns from them & consequently I have been unable to make returns of my command as promptly as I wish" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent.
On Feb. 29, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. "Your troops with Thomas have been ordered back Send such orders to them at Stevenson as you want to give. Is it not better that the veterans among them should leave from there?" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent.
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864. Volume: 10. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 169.
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