seems to fully appreciate the importance of increasing the means of transportation between Nashville and Chattanooga and thence to Knoxville, and Colo McCallum has full powers from the Secty of war to repair and improve these lines and to increase the rolling stock. The matter will also, no doubt, recieve your personal attention" ALS, DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent (Press). O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 126-27. On Jan. 24, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, Chattanooga, wrote to Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins. "Colonel McCallum has just left for Knoxville to ascertain the condition of that railroad, and make arrangements to push forward the work as fast as possible. He will return by first boat, when I will give him your order. The working parties for repairing the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad have been assigned their positions and will be at work as soon as possible." Ibid., p. 195.
2 P M—Jany 16th 1864—
MAJ. GENL. HALLECK
GENL IN CHIEF—
I would respectfully suggest the propriety of ordering such new troops as have been organized in the Western States to report to me for orders at once I could replace Veterans with them and enable all reenlisted troops to take their furlough and return by Spring They would also have better opportunities for drilling during the winter season in the South and would be improved by contact with old troops—
U. S. GRANT
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; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 109. On Jan. 17, 1864, 1:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "As fast as new troops are organised they will be sent to the Depts where most needed