DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 155. On Jan. 21, Allen, Louisville, telegraphed to USG. "There are Six locomotives & one hundred and fifty Cars at Jeffersonville which it has been impossible to get over the river. Not a moment will be lost in crossing them when the ice will permit we hope in four or five days" Copy, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received.
On Jan. 20, Lt. Col. Theodore S. Bowers, Nashville, telegraphed to Col. Lewis B. Parsons. "Gen. Grant intended to start for Louisville today but has changed his mind and will go to chattanooga tomorrow" Telegram received, Parsons Papers, IHi. On the same day, Parsons, Louisville, wrote to USG. "General Allen has shown me your dispatch relative to more Railroad Machinery. I enclose a copy of a report made by me, and a general order of the Quartermaster General's—an extract of which I have marked and which I beg you will peruse. I have as yet met no persons who did not concur in the propriety and expediency of my suggestions. I think I do not overestimate the importance of the subject. The amount to be expended is trifling compared with saving a delay of your Army for a week. May you not possibly require in the next six months ten (10) or twenty (20) Engines and three or four hundred (400) Cars. If so would it not be well to have them all ready, say at Indianapolis, —of good quality—so you can make them available in two days. I have taken no pains to get my suggestions carried into effect, but from the concurrence of better judges then I am, I think if the attention of the Sec'y of War or Quartermaster General was called to it they would at once direct Col. McCullum to put the thing in motion If so it would in addition to other benefits relieve Railroads and the Quartermasters Department of great and frequent annoyances. I was disappointed in learning you were not coming up here, as I desired to consult you relative to some plan of putting an effectual stop to frequent and gross impositions upon soldiers by Steamboats, and also as to a plan for regulating Pilots who are now demanding 400 & 500 Dollars per month each. I have sought to correct these difficulties without troubling you, but I believe nothing but military power can correct the evil." LS, DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Received.
Also on Jan. 20, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. "Build bridges from Huntsville to Decatur with all dispatch, using your Corps for the purpose. If you can impress Negroes for cutting wood, ties &c do so" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xxxii, part 2, 154. See letter to Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, Jan. 24, 1864.
January 20 1864
HON. I. N. MORRIS,
Your letter of the 29th of December I did not see until two days ago. I receive many such but do not answer. Yours however,