On Jan. 31, Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote to Thomas. "It is reported that Dalton is evacuated. Is it so? Please telegraph any information you may have relating to it, that General Sherman may be advised of the same." Ibid., p. 276. On Feb. 1, Thomas telegraphed to Rawlins. "Dalton is not Evacuated their position is very much the same as when you were here I have directed Genl Rousseau to make the report you desire" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copy, ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. Dated Jan. 31 in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 276. On Jan. 31, Rawlins wrote to Thomas. "You will please direct General Rousseau to furnish a report to the Chief Engineer of this Military Division, at this place on the condition of the defenses within the limits of his District and particularly the defenses of Nashville, to know whether they are capable of standing a seige, and if the depots of supplies are properly covered from Artillery, fire and protected from assault, and also the same information with reference to the rail road bridge. Also, information as to whether any work is being done on the defenses here and what Artillery is in position and what is its character and the amount of ammunition and condition of same." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent.
On Feb. 1, Thomas telegraphed to Rawlins. "The latest information I have is that the rebels have two regts Cavalry four regts. Infy. and three guns at or near Tunnel Hill. One Division between Tunnel Hill and Dalton. Three brigades and some other troops between Dalton and Tilton. Six pieces new Artillery just arrived at Dalton were being trained on the twenty eighth. No other Artillery there. Eighteen thousand rations are issued for all the troops in Dalton and Tunnel Hill. Four Div. have been sent down the R. R. to Mobile Ala. and Rome Ga. The pickets extend twelve miles north of Dalton in direction of Charleston. There are no troops east of Dalton Gov. Brown has ordered all families dependant on the Govt. for supplies to move south of the Etowah River" Copy, ibid., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 308.
St. Louis, Mo.
January 31st 1864.
His EXCELLENCY, A LINCOLN
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
I would respectfully recommend 1st Lieut. B. M. Callender, 1st Mo. Light Artillery, for the position of Commissary of Subsistence. —Lt. Callender has proven himself a valuable officer. The time of his company expires some time in April next and he is desirous of continuing in the Army until the end of the War, hence this application.