Letters Sent. On the same day, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John G. Foster. "Suspend your order for the movement of 12 mos Kentucky men, until I can see Governor Bramlette which will be within a few days. This is not to effect the change you have made in the Commander of the District of Kentucky. Over one million rations will be sent to Big South Fork on first rise" Copies, ibid. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 101-2. On Jan. 17, Foster telegraphed to USG. "dispatch recd I sent order some time since for the twelves months Ky. troops to remain in that state & so notified Gov Bramlette at the time" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 116.
On Jan. 20, 11:00 A. M., Foster telegraphed to USG. "The telegraph having reported that Gov Bramblette of Kentucky had reccommended the raising of State Troops for State defence I sent him the following telegram Knoxville 20 to Gov THOS BRAMBLETTE Louisville Ky. The telegraph announces that you have sent a message to the Legislature reccommending that troops be raised for State defence. —I regretthis step as I consider the precautions I have already taken and which were explained to you in my dispatch of Jan 9th amply sufficient to guard against every emergency that may arise from Geurrillas, and Raids within the Borders of the state The defence of the State can best be made by this army in front the organization of Militia Regts will affect injuriously the reorganization and fitting up of the old regts that have reenlisted as veteran volunteers to provide however for the full protection of the state to allay all fears for the safety of Kentucky and thus render the raising of Militia Regts unnecessary I will send a Division of Cavalry into the Eastern part of the state as soon as the movement now in progress shall be completed which will be before the 15th of the next month signed J G FOSTER Maj Genl Comdg—The Div that I shall send is one of those whose horses are broken down it can be well mounted & reorganized at Camp Nelson" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Mo., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received; ibid., Dept. of the Ohio (Cincinnati), Telegrams Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland and the Ohio (Nashville), Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 159-60.
Nashville 14th January 1864
BRIG GENL ROBT. ALLEN Q M
I have ordered the 13th Ohio Cavalry from Columbus Ohio to Nashville. Please direct the proper Quartermaster to furnish transportation to Louisville. I will not bring them further until navigation is opened to bring forage.
U. S. GRANT