more troops there than would have been otherwise necessary, and in preventing other movements taking place. It has also taxed some of the most loyal people in the United States to support a cause they detest.
I am General, very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, Schoff Collection, MiU-C. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 149-50.
Nashville January 20th 1864.
MAJOR GENERAL GEO H THOMAS
General Foster telegraphs that he is being forced back from Dandridge towards Knoxville. John Morgan is also said to be advancing from towards Johnstons Army. If Foster should be beseiged it will be necessary to send a force from Chattanooga to his relief. They can subsist on the country as far as the Hiwassee in such a contingency, and send forward to Loudon by boats all the supplies possible.
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, Miscellaneous Letters Received. Printed as sent at noon in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 151.
On Jan. 20, 1864, USG twice telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John G. Foster. "I will go to Chattanooga and do all in my power to help you out, by pushing forward supplies and reenforcements if necessary" "Should you be beseiged in Knoxville I will strain every nerve to get sufficient force from Chattanooga to relieve you." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 150, 151.
Also on Jan. 20, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Robert Allen. "My visit to Louisville has to be deferred on account of news from the front, making it necessary for me to go there. Is it possible to get additional rolling stock forward? Foster must be supplied almost exclusively henceforth by this route." Copies,