Also on Jan. 22, USG telegraphed to Foster. "Order down to report to General Thomas, the 15th Pennsylvania and 10th Ohio Cavalry. If more of Elliotts Cavalry can be spared send them." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent.
On Jan. 24, Foster telegraphed to USG. "Your dispatch of the 22d is recd. also one without date ordering an advance. I have telegraphed the results of the past weeks movements. The whole force is now distributed to their positions to obtain forage and the rest which men and animals so much need. The roads are very bad and after a rain will become impassible—The animals are in a very bad condition; Very little of the Artillery can be taken forward at this time on a march—The bread thus far recd from Chattanooga has not amounted to one tenth of the rations. We now have only enough for the hospitals—I make the above representation in justice to the men who have already suffered much and would earnestly urge that they be allowed some weeks to rest" Copy, ibid., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 194.1.Jonesville, Va., six miles north of the Tenn. border and approximately seventy miles northeast of Knoxville.
12 M Jany 24th 1864
MAJ GEN HALLECK
GEN'L IN CHIEF
I would respectfully ask authority to detail General Butterfield 1 [to] enlist and organize an [African] army Corps. Colored troops now raised in Tenn. can be taken as a commencement and from Tennessee Alabama and Georgia The balance can be raised
U. S GRANT
Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., Telegrams Received in Cipher; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94. On Jan. 25, 1864, 3:50 P. M., Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck telegraphed to USG. "The organization of colored troops in the west is under the direction of Adjt Genl Thomas. The secty of war declines assigning Genl Butterfield for that duty. when regiments are organized and assigned to your command you can place them under any officer you deem proper." ALS (telegram sent), DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, ibid., RG 94, Letters Received, 62A 1864; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94.