107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); copies, ibid., RG 94, Letters Sent; ibid., RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; DLC-USG, V, 40, 94.
By Telegraph from Nashville Feby 11th 186
To MAJ GENL SCHOFIELD
COMDG D O
I deem it of the utmost importance to drive Longstreets out immediately so as to furlough the balance of our veterans and to prepare for a Spring Campaign of our own chosing instead of permitting the enemy to dictate it for us—Thomas is ordered to start ten thousand men besides the remainder of Grangers Corps at once —he will take no artillery but will take his artillery horses and three mules to one hundred men He will probably start next Monday. 1
U. S. GRANT
Telegram received (incomplete), DLC-John M. Schofield; copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 367.
On Feb. 10, 1864, Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield had telegraphed to USG. "I am compelled to send about four thousand mules to Kentucky to be recruited. They will soon starve to death if kept here. This Army is almost destitute of serviceable mules, and Artillery horses, and it would be impossible to support them here if we had them. No movement of this Army can be made within the next six or eight weeks except by Infantry alone and carrying their provisions. The Artillery cannot move until supplied with fresh horses and forage. Longstreets Army is in much the same condition as this. I have no fears for the safety of our present position in East Tennessee, and unless there are reasons for a speedy advance which I do not now understand, I think it would be unwise to attempt one for the present. If however it is deemed necessary to drive Longstreet out of East Tennessee now I believe it is possible to do it with ten thousand more Infantry than I now have. But it will have to be done slowly so that the rail-road can be used to supply the troops. Please inform me what you desire me to do under the circumstances I have stated." Copies, DLC-John M. Schofield; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 359.
On Feb. 13, Schofield telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch of the 11th is received. I will make all possible preparations and as rapidly as possible Can