Nashville February 10th '64.
MAJOR GENERAL GEO H THOMAS
Prepare to start for Knoxville on Saturday. 1 I will order Logan to send to Chattanooga, all the troops he can and still guard his line of road. 2 The number will probably be about 5000 men. One division of your command will have to move out to hold the road to the Hiwassee.
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 359. On Feb. 10, 1864, Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "The engineer reports that he will have the Rail Road finished to Loudon on Friday next. As they are very much in need of supplies at Knoxville I think it will be best to allow time for an accumulation there, before the troops from here move up. I will try to provide for the defense of this place by placing a Division of Genl. Logan's Corps at Chickamauga Station and Davis's Division in front of Cleveland to cover the R. R. taking with me Stanley's Johnson's and Bairds Divisions. Will you order the Division of Logan's to move to this place as soon as possible." Copies, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 360.
Also on Feb. 10, USG telegraphed to Thomas. "An officer having blanks &c for your Dept. is occupying a building much needed for Com'g Officer. Have you any objection to his being removed to an other building?" Copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. On the same day, Thomas telegraphed to USG. "The building asked for by the commissary contains in additionto blanks & c all the records of the dept haad Qrs they are of too much Importance to be moved carelessly I should think he could afford to get another building" Telegram received, ibid., Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received.
On Feb. 11, 11:30 A. M., USG telegraphed to Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck. "I expect to get off from Chattanooga by monday next a force to drive Longstreet out of East Tennessee. It has been impossible heretofore to subsist the troops necessary for this work" Telegram received, ibid., 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, 365.