probably be ready by the time reinforcements arrive. Can you send me a light pontoon train? If the rivers rise it will be indispensible. I will try to take some Artillery. If the weather continues dry there will be no difficulty. If the rainy season sets in we may have to work slowly along the rail-road. I will have to use pack‐ mules to supply me from this place at least for a time. Forage as well as provisions will have to be sent here by rail. I will need fresh horses for nearly all the Artillery. Longstreet was moving in this direction from Morristown on the 11th. I have nothing later from him. I can not learn of his receiving any reinforcements." Copies, DLC-John M. Schofield; (incomplete) DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. Incomplete in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 384. On Feb. 16, Schofield received a telegram: "Following is the Divisio[n] of cipher that we could not decipher of thirteenth—To dictate for us Thomas is ordered to start ten thousand men besides remainder GrangersCorps 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 monday" Telegram received, DLC‐ John M. Schofield.
Nashville February 11th 1864. [11:00 A. M. ]
MAJ GENL GEO H THOMAS
Are not Steamers carrying rations to Loudon? Cannot rations enough be got ahead by Monday to warrant your starting? It is important to move without much preparation so as to get off before the enemy anticipate our movement and reenforce Longstreet.
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, 365. On Feb. 11, 1864, 8:00 P. M., Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "Your despatch of 11 a m is recd. Both Rail Road and River are carrying subsistence and forage The troops will be ready to move Saturday there will be but a small garrison left here Genl Foster will arrive in Nashville at 4 a. m. tomorrow" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received; copies, ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; (misdated Feb. 12) ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. Dated Feb. 11 in O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 365-66.
Also on Feb. 11, USG telegraphed to Brig. Gen. Robert Allen. "Supplies are