beyond Bull's Gap and Red Bridge. 2 In the meantime I have directed the 9th and 23d Corps to be pushed on to Moss Creek—the 4th Corps to Strawberry Plains, and the Cavalry to Dandridge 3 to scout and forage south of French Broad, and threaten Longstreet's flank.
U. S. GRANT
LS (telegram sent), Michigan State Archives, Lansing, Mich.; telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound). O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 43.
Jany 13th 1864 11. a m
MAJ GEN H. W. HALLECK
GEN IN CHIEF.
If Gen Foster is relieved Gen McPherson or Gen Schofield would suit me to fill his place, but both are ranked by Generals already in the Department of the Ohio. I would recommend therefore the appointment of Gen W. F. Smith to Major General and rank dated back to his first appointment and he given the command. If it is in contemplation to give Gen Smith a higher command, either of the officers named or Gen Parke will suit me
U. S. GRANT
Maj Genl Com'dg
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; (incomplete) ibid., RG 94, ACP, S327 CB 1864; DLC‐ John M. Schofield; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxi, part 3, 571; ibid., I, xxxii, part 2, 79-80. On Jan. 13, 1864, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "I have just recieved your telegram recommending the appointment of