Knoxville [January] 1st 1864.
MAJ. GEN THOMAS
I arrived here yesterday morning send forward all the supplies for Gen Foster with as little delay as possible, and clothing particularly Keep a careful watch on the river between chickamauga & the Hiawassee to prevent interference with the steamboats.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 3. On Jan. 3, 1864, USG, Strawberry Plains, Tenn., telegraphed to Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas. "Send forward clothing for this command as fast as it arrives at Chattanooga. If you have clothing on hand that can possibly be spared, send it forward and deduct the same amount from that coming forward for Foster. Troops here are in bad condition for clothing and before making much advance must be supplied." 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, 19. On Jan. 5, Thomas, Chattanooga, telegraphed to USG. "Despatch of 3d Reed—Orders have already been given to despatch clothing as fast as it arrived—If contractors can be relied on the Rail road will be completed to Chattanooga by the middle of next week I Can then put more steam boats on the river between here and Knoxville Col Donaldson telegraphs me that has sent large quantitys of subsistence to Carthage for Foster & is ready to send stores to the mouth of Big South Fork if so ordered Will you give them to him" 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. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 30. On the same day, Bvt. Lt. Col. James L. Donaldson telegraphed to USG. "Steamers are here with subsistence for Big South Fork are these stores for Gen Foster and shall I send them on? If so I must get a Gunboat as convoy. Two steamers have discharged their freight at Carthage. These remain here to go up. Shall I send them also There are only four hundred men at Carthage, and they do not know why supplies are sent there" Copies, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Q. M. Dept., Telegrams Sent (Press); ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 32. On Jan. 8, Donaldson telegraphed to USG. "Have sent five steamers under convoy to the big south Fork one of which remains there for service. will attend to your order about the cargoes left at Carthage."