Telegrams Sent. On Jan. 1, 1864, Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, Memphis, telegraphed to USG. "I report that veteran regts have been in the field since receipt of late orders regarding reinlists of veteran vols & that the necessary papers for reinlistment have not been furnished in time for them to reinlist by Jany fifth, eighteen sixty four 1864 Troops on active service should have longer time" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., 16th Army Corps, Letters Sent; (misdated Dec. 1, 1863) ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. On Jan. 14, Maj. Samuel Breck, AGO, telegraphed to USG. "Thirty one boxes blanks for the enlistments of Veterans Volunteers were forwarded yesterday to your address by Adams Express. More will be sent in a day or two." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 40, 94; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence.
On Jan. 12, McPherson telegraphed to USG. "No telegram of the ninth of Dec. from these secy of war calling for report of veterans mustered have been recd at these Head Qrs I have twenty four reg'ts of veterans over three fourths of each regt having enrolled themselves & they are being mustered in as fast as rolls can be procured five regts already mustered I am satisfied that I will have twenty six or twenty eight regts in my command of Veterans all of the regts that have served two years & upwards will reenlist with two or three exceptions the muster in rolls forwarded from the adjt Genls office Washington during the last three months on requisition from these Hd Qrs have never been recd—" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copy (misdated Jan. 21), Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received.
On Dec. 4, 1863, Maj. Thomas M. Vincent, AGO, wrote to USG giving authority to accept resignations of vol. officers provided that their final pay be withheld until the Pay Dept. gave proof that they were not indebted to the government. Copies, ibid., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Unregistered Letters Received.
Nashville 16th January 1864
MAJ GENL J. G. FOSTER
I am advised that Longstreet has been reinforced by a Division of Ewells Corps, and that another Division is expected Longstreet is said to be moving towards Knoxville by the main Virginia road. I could send you reenforcements but they cannot be subsisted. I think if this is true you had better keep your forces between Longstreet and Thomas. I will telegraph Thomas to make extra exertions to feed you.
U S GRANT