Chattanooga 22d January 1864
MAJ GENL J. G. FOSTER
Facilities will be given you of getting supplies either by transferring boats to your Quartermaster or having them used for your benefit. Move forward and attack Longstreet as soon as you can and if more troops are required send to me for them. Do you not think it practicable to collect Wilcox's forces and move them by Jonesville 1 to Abingdon? If they could destroy the road from Abingdon to Saltville, it would be worth taking a great risk.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 173, (misdated Jan. 24, 1864, 7:30 P. M. ) 193. On Jan. 22, 3:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. John G. Foster telegraphed to USG. "Genl Sturgis who is with all the Cavalry opposite Dandridge reports the roads almost impassible and the forage nearly gone this side of Sevierville. These facts and the pressure of the enemy has forced me to order the Fourth Corps to march to protect the R R and Loudon and Kingston The Twenty third Corps will be placed in town with the nineth in supporting distance The enemy presses vigorously and is about seven miles from town. Our Drovers have cowardly abandoned their droves one of which three hundred cattle has already been captured there is danger that a drove of two hundred hogs will also fall into their hands although I have sent active parties to endevor to save it. I am now satisfied that Longstreet has been considerably reinforced but not largely enough I think to warrant his renewing the seige of this place" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of Mo., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 173.