Chattanooga January 24th 1864.
MAJ GENL J. G. FOSTER
Can you not now organize a Cavalry force to work its way past Longstreet south of him, to get into his rear, and destroy railroad and trains? Or cannot Wilcox do this from the North? Either this should be done, or battle given where Longstreet now is. Let me know what you think about this.
U S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. Printed as sent at 3:00 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 193.
On Jan. 24, 1864, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "Foster telegraphs that Longstreet is still advancing towards Knoxville I have directed him to [get] his cavalry to Longstreets rear [or] give battle if necessary I will send Thomas with additional troops [to] insure Longstreets being driven from the state" 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. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 192.
On the same day, USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. John G. Foster. "I go north to night. Should you require aid either in troops or supplies, call on Genl Thomas and myself. Gen Thomas has instructions to supply you." Copies, DLC‐ USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent.
On Jan. 25, Foster telegraphed frequently to USG, first at 8:00 A. M. "Cumberland Gap is now garrissoned by three old regiments under Gen'l Gerrard—The nine months men of Gen'l Wilcox have gone in part and the remainder about going—Gen'l. Wilcox is on duty here in the 9th Corps. I will write to Gen'l. Gerrard and order him to make the move if practicable" At 8:30 A. M. "I will issue the orders for the 15th Penn. and the 10th Ohio Cavalry