Rawlins. "Has the general decided about the pile driver ? for the rail-road. It is a larger expenditure than I like to go into without his authority." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. At the foot of the telegram received, Rawlins wrote to USG. "Will please indicate answer to the above" ANS, ibid.
On Jan. 23, USG twice telegraphed to Webster. "You will please send forward at once to this place all the companies of Bissells Engineer Regiment now at or in the vicinity of Jackson Tenn with all their tools and camp equipage" "No more work need be done on the road north of Jackson I have given orders to have the rolling stock brought from Columbus by water" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. On the same day, Webster telegraphed to USG. "May I ask who has charge of the removal of the rolling stock from Columbus to Memphis ? Great saving of time and money can be made by judicious management. I would like to try to arrange to have it sent by barges and flat boats towed by steamers. If sent by steamers only the expense with be very great." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); telegram received, ibid., RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. At the foot of the telegram received, Rawlins wrote to USG. "Will Genl Grant please send me the answer." ANS, ibid.
Headquarters Depart of the Tennessee
Memphis Jany 23d 186
SURG J. G F HOLSTON U S A
On your leaving this Depart. at least temporarily allow me to express my regrett that the necessity for doing so, should be caused by failing health, no doubt the result of over-exertion in the performance of your duties Allow me to express my appreciation of your services both as Medical Director on my staff and in a subordinate capacity.
Our relations have been ever cordial and it is but just to say that you have shrunk from no duty, no matter how laborious, nor from any danger
Upon the field of battle and in camp, you have ever been the same, at your post.