On Feb. 23, Dodge wrote to Maj. Roswell M. Sawyer, adjt. for Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. "I have the honor to report the duty performed by this command in repairing the Railroad from Nashville to Decatur...." LS, ibid., RG 94, Letters Received, 126T 1864. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 451-52. On March 16, USG endorsed this letter. "Respectfully forwarded to the Headquarters of the Army Washington D. C." ES, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received, 126T 1864. On Feb. 26, Dodge wrote to Rawlins. "Several of the bridges that I have put in are very substantial ones, and I think are very safe and not liable to wash out: for instance; two of the Richland Creek bridges, the Elk river bridge &c. Some, I think would be best to have changed. I understand that Mr Boomer—has a con- tract to put in Howe's truss over all streams where it was formerly: and, if after inspection the bridges I speak of should be considered safe &c, and Mr Boomers contrac[t] allows: it appears to me that these truss bridges could be saved in store for future use. I write this from the fact that I believe an effort has been made to have the Road repaired, looking more to the benefit of the owners of the Road than of the service; at least in several cases it has looked so to me" Copies, ibid., RG 393, 16th Army Corps, Letters Sent; ibid., Left Wing, Letters Sent.
On Feb. 24, Logan wrote to Bowers. "I understand that Genl Thomas has not moved, and does not intend to. And I would therefore respectfully request that the troops on service from my command in that Department be ordered to return. As soon as they do return, I will be enabled to complete the Railroad to Decatur in a short time, As it is, I cannot put the necessary force to work upon it, I am however doing all I can towards it. I wish to remind you that including the force sent to Genl Thomas there are twenty-five Regiments of Infantry absent from the command, and in my judgement, considering all the circumstances, the greatest necessity exists for the immediate return of the Detachment herein re- ferred to, which is now under the immediate command of Brig. Gen'l C. S. Matthias. A number of the Regiments under Gen'l Matthias are Veteran Regi- ments, and ought to be permitted to go home as soon as possible, unless the neces- sity for their remaining be greater than what I have intimated exists for their return. I hope you will order them back at once." Copy, ibid., 15th Army Corps, Letters and Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 461-62.
[Feb. 10, 1864]
It looks now as if the Lieut. Generalcy bill was going to become a law. If it does and is given to me, it will help my finances so much that I will be able to be much more generous in my expenditures.