of the Cumberland, Letters Received. On the same day, Donaldson wrote to USG. "On my return from Levee, find your letter directing cars to go through to Chattanooga, and enquiring if any have already gone. The accompanying copy of telegram from my agent Bridgeport shows that three trains passed there for Chattanooga yesterday—By monday I think the road will be fully open, and in effective working condition—I am making my arrangements here accordingly—I propose going over the road On monday myself to see if I cannot stop thefts, and regulate matters out of gear at Bridgeport. I expect to meet Col Eastan at Bridge‐ prt and arrange with him about the Supplies for Fosters Army." ALS, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Received. The enclosure is ibid.
Nashville 16th January 1864.
MAJ GENL GEO H THOMAS
It is impossible to spare Granger or Elliott from East Tennessee until Longstreet is driven out. It may be necessary soon to send additional troops there. I will write you more fully.
Orders are again received directing Crook to report to Kelly. Relieve him at once Crooks Cavalry cannot be foraged at Huntsville. 1 It had better therefore be ordered to some point where they can get forage.
U S GRANT
Telegram, 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, 110. On Jan. 15, 1864, 3:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "The R. R. is now completed to this place and there is a prospect of getting some forage here. I would therefore like to have Elliotts Cavly, now in E. Tennessee, moved down to Charleston on the Hiawassee where he can procure some forage and with what he can get from here his horses can be kept in condition to demonstrate on the enemy's position at Dalton and completely occupy his attention. As soon as Granger's Command can be sent back other movements can be so made as to withdraw the enemy's attention from operations from the direction of Memphis or Vicksburg, should you contemplate making any from either." Copies, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 102-3.